Five companies that generate electricity from wind have formed an industry association in Japan.
TOKYO, Japan – The Wind Power Developers Association has been created by Tomen Corp., Marubeni Corp., EcoPower Co., Japan Wind Development Co. and Electric Power Development Co. The goal of the new group is to develop the market for wind power in Japan and to exchange ideas among the members. Electric power companies in the country are prioritizing environmentally friendly energy and have announced plans to purchase electricity generated by wind power on a long-term basis. The association ‘plans to take a leadership position in “encouraging further steps by the industry to promote wind-power generation and use and invite the participation of other developers to join forces with the association. The trading house Tomen is one of the largest wind energy generators in the world. Its subsidiary, Tomen Power Japan Corp., will manage the association. Tomen will build two electricity plants powered by wind in Hokkaido to begin operating next November. The facilities will be located in Hamatonbetsu on the Sea of Okhotsk and Tobetsu on the Sea of Japan. Each plant will each generate 3 megawatts of electricity for the Hokkaido Electric Power Co. “The Wind Power Developers Association is a voluntary association whose purpose is to provide a business environment for the healthy growth of the wind power generation business in Japan,” says the group. “The members exchange opinions and promote activities for popularizing wind power generation. In Japan, since the Global Warming Conference in Kyoto in 1997, wind power generation has drawn the attention of not only the electric power industry, but also of people around the nation.” Japan enacted The New Energy Act in 1997 to promote and govern subsidies to the renewable energy industry. A supra-partisan Diet members’ association to promote renewable energy has been considering a bill to oblige electric power companies to purchase a fixed amount of wind power generation. Electric power companies set up a Green Power Fund in October, which will encourage the use of renewables, and has implemented a bidding system for new wind power generation projects.