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Govt plans rules to lower offshore wind power costs

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government plans to set rules to promote wind power generation, which emits only a small amount of carbon dioxide, in Japanese waters, Jiji Press learned Tuesday.

The rules will be specified in a bill that the government plans to submit to the Diet during its ordinary session set to start on Jan. 22.

The government aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind power generation, currently at some ¥36 per kilowatt-hour, three to six times higher than in Europe.

Japan has no unified rules on the use of the sea, making it difficult for entities hoping to start offshore wind power generation to settle negotiations with stakeholders, including the shipping and fisheries industries.

The planned bill will clarify required procedures to make sea utilization easier.

Specifically, the government will first draw up a basic policy, and the industry and transport ministries then will designate sea areas to promote wind power business, taking opinions from local people into consideration.

After such preparations, the government will invite and select candidate operators that will use the areas for a long period, the sources said.

The government aims to increase the share of renewable energy to 22-24 percent of all electricity sources in Japan in fiscal 2030, from about 15 percent in fiscal 2016, which ended in March last year.Speech

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