A newly approved government-level vision for Japan’s offshore wind industry has set a target of 10 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 45 GW by 2040
The targets were agreed at the second meeting of the Council for Government-Industry Dialogue for Offshore Wind in Japan on 15 December 2020.
The meeting was attended by government officials, including ministers from the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, along with executives representing Japan’s wind energy industry.
The council agreed to set the following targets: 10 GW by 2030 and 30-45 GW by 2040.
A target for Japanese content of 60% by 2040 was also agreed, as was a cost reduction target (net generation costs) of 8-9 JPY/kWh by 2035.
The objectives of the vision strategy are to create an attractive domestic offshore wind power market, promote investment and build up a domestic supply chain, and to develop next-generation technology. The vision also aims to enhance international co-operation in the Asian market.
The council also agreed that the government be involved from the initial, planning stages of projects to secure efficient, fair and transparent auctions and that a masterplan for expanding the grid – including a study of HVDC transmission systems – be developed.
Council members also agreed to address the role of ports and their role in the development of offshore projects and ways to develop the human resources required for the offshore wind industry.
It was agreed that a ‘grand design’ specifying the critical path to achieving the targets set out above would be required.