Energy / Climate Change

October 14, 2011


Current Status of Wind Power in Japan (2010)

Keywords: Renewable Energy 

Total Installed Wind Capacity, by Country

While new wind power installations are skyrocketing globally, in recent years Japan has seen a stagnation of growth in its annual installed wind capacity. Reasons for this trend include limitations on the capacity that can be recruited in areas that already have many installations, because of restrictions on grid capacity. This leads to lotteries and bidding over installation rights. In addition, at a time when there are various location restrictions, the slump in electricity prices caused by the RPS law and the lack of transparency toward future laws also play a role. Moreover, the business profitability of wind power installations is worsening as installation costs increase, caused by the global increase in demand for wind power facilities and facility specifications unique to Japan.

Installed wind power capacity and policies promoting installations, by country, are as follows:

Capacity Installed in 2009, Total Installed Capacity at End of 2009,
and Policies Affecting Wind Power Generation, by Country

Country New Capacity 2009 (MW) Total Installed Capacity (MW) Policies, etc.
1 China 13,000 25,104 Feed-in Tariff (total capacity)
2 U.S. 9,922 35,159 State policies (mostly RPS), and Federal Government's Production Tax Credit (PTC)
3 Spain 2,459 19,149 Feed-in Tariff (total capacity)
4 Germany 1,917 25,777 Feed-in Tariff (total capacity)
5 India 1,271 10,926
Japan 178 2,056 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Law


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