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  • Japan: ANRE Announces Present Status of Facilities Generating Renewable Energy

    Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), an agency of the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), which is responsible for Japan’s energy and natural resources policies, has announced the present status of facilities generating renewable energy as of February 30, 2013. …

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  • IN DEPTH: Japan’s RE challenge

     Friday, May 17 2013 Japan must urgently tackle key cost and policy barriers to renewables development, claims a leading industry figure in the Asian nation. Tomas Kåberger, executive chair of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), warns that the country’s bid to transform its power …

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  • Japan Asia Group ‘eyes 500MW’

    Tokyo-based renewables developer Japan Asia Group intends to install 500MW of PV in Japan by 2015 but may scale back its European operations, according to reports. The company already has 110MW in the pipeline for the current fiscal year, 190MW worth of installations planned for …

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  • Goldman’s big plans for Japan RE

    Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs plans to invest in Japanese solar, wind and other renewable energy projects worth up to ¥300bn ($2.9bn) over the next five years. Goldman will take on projects with partners via Japan Renewable Energy (JRE) – a wholly-owned renewables development unit it …

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  • Japan’s Pilot Offshore wind farm will deploy first turbine in 2014

    Japan will deploy its first floating wind turbines as part of a larger offshore wind farm to be developed off the coast of Fukushima in 2014, according to a wind energy consultant. Annette Bossler, managing director at Main(e) International Consulting told participants at a Maine …

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  • Innovation Strategy Aims For Floating Wind Turbines By ’18

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government will help develop floating wind turbines and foster the growth of the robot industry under a new innovation strategy unveiled Friday. The document, prepared by the Council for Science and Technology Policy, presents a roadmap for the development of four key sectors, …

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  • Oji Plans Biomass Power Generation In Hokkaido

    SAPPORO (Nikkei)–Oji Holdings Corp. (3861)will begin biomass power generation in Hokkaido, investing roughly 9 billion yen to introduce necessary facilities at a paper mill operated by a group company in the city of Ebetsu. A wholly owned subsidiary that handles environmental business will likely operate …

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  • Power Reform Bill’s Outlook Growing Dim

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government’s plan to overhaul the utility supply system is facing an increasingly murky outlook, considering that parliamentary deliberations on the bill have not even started. The bill, which was submitted to the Diet April 12, outlines steps aimed at separating utilities’ power generation …

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  • Marubeni Diving Into Offshore Wind Power Construction

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Marubeni Corp. (8002) is launching a construction business for offshore wind power facilities in Japan, with a focus on bottom-mounted wind turbines. Rigs used to install bottom-mounted wind turbines will be used in Japan.      Japan is a leader in floating-platform wind turbines, but …

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  • U.S. shale gas alters Japan’s energy plans

    Japan has made progress in its attempts to curtail soaring fuel costs since the 2011 Fukushima disaster and Washington on Friday gave it the green light to import cheap liquefied natural gas. Since Japan is poor in natural resources, it has been longing to import …

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