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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


August 25, 2019 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Japanese team: Small wind farms a danger to birds

A Japanese research team is recommending that steps be taken to protect endangered bird species from the threat posed by small wind farms. To illustrate its point, the team released a video clip of a bird flying into a wind turbine at a small farm in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido. The farm chosen for the study has an output of less than 20 kilowatts. The experts, from Tokushima University, captured the moment that a white-tailed eagle, an endangered species, . . . Complete story »


February 24, 2019 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Japanese environment minister urges review of windfarm project

There are fears that replacing turbines at a windfarm in the north of Hokkaido, Japan, could pose significant problems for wintering eagles, with Japanese environment minister Yoshiaki Harada recently calling for a review of the proposal over the potential for bird strikes. The Eurus Soya Misaki Windfarm, at Wakkanai on Cape Soya, produced an environmental impact assessment of its planned project, but Harada has urged a thorough review of the proposals. Both Steller’s Sea and White-tailed Eagles winter in Cape . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2019 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Env. minister urges review of Hokkaido wind farm project over bird strike fears

TOKYO – The environment minister submitted a statement on Feb. 18 urging a drastic review of a plan to replace turbines at a wind farm in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido due to concerns over bird strikes against endangered eagles and other species. Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada’s statement was directed at Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko over an Environmental Impact Assessment of the project at the Eurus Soya Misaki Wind Farm in Cape Soya in the city of . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Fukushima wind turbine, symbol of disaster recovery, to be removed

A floating wind turbine built off Fukushima Prefecture to symbolize recovery after the 2011 nuclear disaster will be removed, a government source said Friday. The offshore power facility was put in place as the Fukushima prefectural government introduced renewable energy after the triple reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the days following the huge earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Experimental studies were conducted with a view toward commercialization but the turbine, one of the world’s . . . Complete story »


August 30, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Japan eyes loosening restrictions on wind power to boost output

The government is set to loosen restrictions on building wind power plants in Japan to boost the introduction of the renewable energy, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday. The Environment Ministry plans to mandate that only large-scale wind power plants undergo environmental impact assessments. While the deregulation will reduce the time and financial burden on plant constructors, conservation groups worry the measure could lead to deforestation and more endangered birds striking windmills. Under the current system, wind power plants . . . Complete story »


August 24, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Awaji Island wind turbine topples over as powerful typhoon passes western Japan

KOBE – A 60-meter-high wind turbine erected in a park on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture toppled over in the early hours of Friday as powerful Typhoon Cimaron passed through western Japan. No injuries were reported, local authorities said. The wind turbine was built in 2002 to generate electricity for facilities at the park, which was created in memory of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that devastated parts of Hyogo Prefecture in 1995. It had been out of commission since lightning . . . Complete story »


July 30, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Poor windmill output hurts Fukushima region recovery

NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture–In a blow to a region hit hard by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, offshore floating wind turbines being operated on a trial basis here are producing much less electricity than initially anticipated. The disappointing output so far is casting a shadow over the government-backed project. While the capacity factor–the ratio of the actual electricity output to the maximum possible output–should be around 30 percent for new windmills, only one of the three turbines tested in the program affiliated . . . Complete story »


June 25, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power system off Fukushima performs poorly: sources

Japan’s largest offshore wind-power generation facility, located off Fukushima Prefecture, hardly ever reaches its output capacity of 7,000 kilowatts, sources have said. The turbine operates in an experimental offshore power-generation project run by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that was launched in fiscal 2011, soon after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the prefecture. The ministry plans to continue the project until the end of fiscal . . . Complete story »


March 30, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

In long-term plan, Japan set to confirm renewables as ‘major’ energy source

The government plans to announce in its long-term energy strategy that renewables are a “major” energy source while continuing to support nuclear power because of its zero carbon emissions, a draft of the plan said Friday. The industry ministry presented the draft to a roundtable of experts studying the nation’s energy policy through 2050, calling renewables an “energy source whose possibility of becoming a major (source) is greatly increasing.” Although attention has been on whether a raw breakdown of the . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2018 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Japan to set rules for offshore wind power generation

The government plans to set rules to promote wind power generation, which emits only a small amount of carbon dioxide, in Japanese waters, sources said Tuesday. The rules will be specified in a bill the government plans to submit to the Diet during an ordinary session set to start on Jan. 22. The government hopes to reduce the cost of offshore wind power generation, currently at some ¥36 per kilowatt-hour, which is three to six times higher than in Europe. . . . Complete story »


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