Japan’s plan of developing offshore wind energy will inform the substitution of the emissive and toxic energy sources like coal and nuclear power. The proponents of this concept have predicted this, hoping that the leaders can push for such projects. Offshore wind farms in the country have been projected to generate 90 gigawatts in the next three decades, which equates to two-thirds of the fossil fuels and nuclear energy that will have shut down operations at that time. Shigehito Nakamura of Japan Wind Power Association predicted this trend if the two projections’ variables proceed as they have done in the past. Japan is preparing to discard the emissive and environmentally unfriendly energy sources by introducing wind energy to meet the economy’s insatiable demands. Fossil fuels in the country have placed it among the leading contributors to climate change variables. Moreover, nuclear energy programs are threatened by substantial defection after the country witnessing the Fukushima disaster.
Although the 90 gigawatts offshore wind power target seems far-fetched, the agency thinks that the onshore wind projects would have covered a third of the energy demands clocking at the same time. The UK currently runs on 10 gigawatts, counting the technological aspects that it has deployed. Japan is aligning itself towards the substitution of the energy systems developed between the 1960s to 1980s when the economy was operating at its peak. The government reported that these utilities would phase out at a rate of 5 gigawatts a year in the coming years until they are eventually out of the market. Kimio Yamaka, the head of the Energy Strategy Institute in Tokyo, stated that the offshore wind projects are the plausible strategy for the government to eliminate coal and nuclear power dependency through the coming decades.
The 2018 Basic Energy Plan of Japan outlines its target growing wind energy production to 2.2 terawatt-hours before the end of this decade, or an equivalent of 0.2% of the country’s power. Pilot offshore wind power utilities started two years ago generated 21 megawatts. The involved ministries are revisiting the plan to amend the lenient parts to ensure that they achieve the set targets in time. METI approximates that offshore wind energy projects can operate at 95 efficiencies to meet the consumers’ energy demands. Junto Shimizu, the head of the renewable energy section at METI, stated that the government is preparing to auction some offshore wind projects to ensure that they realize their potential.