Japan to build offshore wind farms at 30 sites, says Nikkei
TOKYO (JAPAN) – As part of an initiative to build offshore wind farms at 30 sites in the next ten years, Japan will implement new rules and support infrastructure, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.
Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama is slated to announce policy measures to achieve the goal, the daily reported.
It aims to flag off three to four projects a year with a total generation capacity of 1 gigawatt (GW), from the financial year starting in April 2021 until fiscal 2030/2031, for an accumulated total of 10 GW.
To expedite the project, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) aims to construct storage facilities across the country for the parts required and revamp some ports.
The daily added that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is eyeing revising power grid regulations to do away with curbs on greener power suppliers.
Japan permits large traditional utilities that control its transmission grids, to restrict renewable energy supplies to make sure that the grid remains stable.
Each plant usually takes five to 10 years to build.
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