Energy Master Plan Determined by the Cabinet on June 18

Energy Master Plan Determined by the Cabinet on June 18

An Energy Master Plan indicating a direction of energy policy towards 2030 was adopted by the Cabinet on June 18.

According to the load map of Japan Wind Power Association, the goal is set to 27 GW in 2030 (Approximately 5.4% of power demand is covered by wind power generation).

• Onshore wind power  21.2 GW
  • Foundation-type offshore wind power 2.9 GW
  • Floating-type offshore wind power 2.9 GW

Items only related to wind power generation are shown below. For the full text, please see the home page of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy at the end of this topic.

Chapter 2 Energy Vision 2030 and Policy Directions
Section 1 Goals Towards 2030
1. To strengthen energy safety assurance substantially, based on a fact that our country has limited natural resources, double the energy self-sufficiency ratio (18% at present) and self-developed fossil-fuel ratio (about 26% at present), respectively, and thereby increase the energy dependence ratio (about 38% at present) to approximately 70%.

2. Raise a zero-emission power source ratio (based on atomic power and renewable energy) in power supply structure to nearly 70% (more than about 50% in 2020) (34% at present).

Chapter 3 Approach for Realizing the Goal
Section 2 Realization of Self-sustained and Environmentally-friendly Energy Supply Structure
1. Installation/Expansion of Renewable Energy
(1) Goals
Installation and expansion of renewable energy is critical from the standpoints of global warming measures, energy self-sufficiency improvement, energy source diversification, and eco-business cultivation. One of the goals is to achieve a share of 10% renewable energy sources in primary energy supply by 2020 hereafter.

(2) Concrete Actions
1) Establishment of fixed-price purchasing system
2) Grid-stabilization measures
3) Installation support measures
To further disseminate photovoltaic cells, wind power generation, and biomass power generation, take action for a possibility study on installations, initial cost reduction, and incentive enhancement and review the effectiveness of support activities. Furthermore, review the system operation rule for the installation and expansion of renewable energy.

4) Promotion of technology development and the validation program
Promote technology development and validation program on technology and other items relating to solar photovoltaic cells, offshore wind power generation, biogas, ocean energy, and batteries. On this occasion, sharing the roles appropriately among the government, industry, and academia, as well as effectively promoting discovery of seeds for new technologies, research and development for cost reduction and performance improvement, and the validation program, cultivate personnel contributing to the factors.

5) Review and relaxation of regulations

For more details, please see below:

Agency of Natural Resources and Energy Homepage:

Energy Master Plan (June 18, 2010)