The Japanese government is clearing hurdles to start auctioning new offshore wind projects, as the country aims to develop at least 10GW of wind capacity by 2030.
The Bill on promotion of use of territorial waters for offshore renewable energy generation facilities, was passed last November, enabling the development of offshore wind farms outside port-related areas. Once the tendering procedure starts, the successful candidates will be granted a 30-year lease to develop and operate wind farms at the designated areas.
Following a period of consultation and data gathering with prefectures earlier, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and the Port Authority of Japan, have jointly identified 11 suitable offshore wind areas that will progress to the preparatory stages for designation as areas of future promotion.
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