Japan Wind Power Association calls on Japanese Government

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 22/12/2017 JWPA
Japanese Wind Power Association

The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) has officially requested the Japanese Government to legislate a new law for the promotion of offshore wind power. JWPA's president Mr. Manabu Takamoto visited government offices and handed over JWPA request paper.

There are several barriers for offshore wind power development in Japan. The largest one is the lack of applicable law for so-called "General common sea area".

The JPWA has requested the government to solve the following three problems in response to this barrier:

1) Guarantee long term (such as 30 years) occupation right for offshore wind power development.
2) Clarify the rules for selecting winning offshore wind developers. (Such as introducing a bidding system.)
3) Harmonise the regulations like EIA, grid connection, etc.. (similar to the "Central system" in Netherlands)

Japanese Ministry of Infrastructure, Land, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) amended the "Port and Harbor law" for offshore wind power in May 2016. The new law allows 20 years occupation of the designated water zone in the port area for developers.