Positive response to Japanese plans

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Japan has recently committed to the further development of offshore wind in its waters: a move that has been welcomed by the UK-based Carbon Trust, who see new opportunities for European companies in this emerging market.

Jan Matthiesen, Director Offshore Wind at the Carbon Trust commented: “We are really pleased to see the news today that the Japanese Government has passed a new Bill which sets a national framework for the development of offshore wind. Under the law, the government will set aside offshore areas for wind power projects. Developers will then bid to use the designated areas and successful bidders will then be given the right to use the zones for up to 30 years.

This is a crucial step for Japan’s future energy strategy, sending a strong signal that the Government is committed to long-term investment into offshore wind, which will not only provide a sustainable energy source, but also increase energy security by reducing the country’s reliance on expensive imported LNG.

This Bill is a big step in the right direction. The next crucial stage will be to develop the next level of detail to clarify the expected power capacity of the zones and the overall ambition and timeframe for the zone allocation. Providing guidance on how developers should undertake the required site surveys needed to create the development plan and life cycle cost estimate will also be important, as will the provision for grid connections and clarification of whether costs will be borne by the developer or the grid operators.

Over the past ten years offshore wind has been a phenomenal success story in the UK and Europe, achieved through a combination of innovation support and a constructive policy framework. This has driven rapid cost reduction enabling wide-scale deployment and we look forward to sharing our experiences and lessons learnt to help Japan reap the rewards of this important renewable energy source.”

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