Japan to work on offshore wind farms at 30 sites
In a push to build offshore wind farms at 30 sites over the next decade, Japan will draft new rules and fund infrastructures.
Industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama is expected to announce policy steps soon, without naming sources, to achieve the objective, the paper said.
The new strategy aims at three or four projects per year with a total generation capacity of 1 gigawatt ( GW) from the financial year starting in April 2021 to fiscal year 2030/2031, with a total of 10 GW cumulative.
To accelerate the expansion, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) aims to build nationwide storage facilities for the parts required for construction, as well as to improve some ports.
According to the report, the Ministry of Economy , Trade and Industry (METI) aims to amend power grid regulations to scrap limits on greener power suppliers.
Japan also requires large conventional utilities operating its transmission grids to restrict supplies of renewable energy, such as those from solar and wind power, if necessary to ensure grid stability, a move that restricts the growth of renewable energy.
Japan's offshore wind energy sector is expected to expand after a law implemented last year by the Offshore Wind Promotion Act to assist growth.
Maritime Business World