Japanese councils approve projects

In: Windfarms
Two Japanese offshore wind councils given favourable decisions on the Yurihonjo and Noshiro-Mitane-Oga offshore wind areas located off the coast of Akita Prefecture. This is the third meeting of the local councils and paves the way for offshore wind projects to be developed in these areas.

Yurihonjo and Noshiro-Mitane-Oga sites are suitable for fixed bottom foundations and cover an area of 137.85 km2 and 63.42 km2 respectively. They will be auctioned off as part of the Proposed development under the General Sea Law.

Japan currently has 29 projects, totalling a combined capacity of around 14 GW. They are in different stages of the Environmental Impact Assessment Process (EIA). A further nine projects, totalling 3.6 GW, are conducting feasibility studies.

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) recently announced a new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rates for fiscal year 2020. It will be applied for projects approved after April 2020 with floating offshore wind projects will be subject to a FIT of 36 JPY + tax(10%) / kWh. Waters surrounding Gotō City is the only offshore area, requiring only floating foundations as it features waters ranging between 100-150m. This offshore wind area has been confirmed as a specific
auction area for floating projects.

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