Nuclear woes boost Japanese wind but supply remains limited
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is limiting generation from renewable plants (including wind) to 5% of their installed capacity. ...Hokkaido Electric Company [is] also capping wind farm contributions to 5% of their capacity. In addition, Arakawa acknowledged that "small [wind farms] across the country are disconnected" and that these are unlikely to rejoin the electricity network until the nuclear crisis is stabilized.
April 12, 2011
by Ivan Castano
in Renewable Energy World
Tokyo, Japan - Japan's severe nuclear crisis is pushing wind power to the forefront as a safer and more reliable alternative to meet the country's future energy requirements, according to industry observers.
According to a Tokyo-based industry observer, Japan's government, electricity sector and heavy industries have traditionally favored nuclear power over renewables but given the existing nuclear chaos, "some of them are now telling me that wind will become the next great renewables alternative and that Japan's energy map is going to be re-arranged."
Because 80% of Japan's wind infrastructure survived last month's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, industry participants expect the... [continue via Web link]