With the New Offshore Law, promotion areas are designated for each fiscal year in the aim of building offshore wind power generation facilities, and power producers are selected from the public and through a bidding process. Each selected power producer is permitted to exclusively use a sea area for up to 30 years.
The ministries arranged the areas based on (1) the "Guidelines for the Designation of Areas for Promoting the Construction of Offshore Renewable Energy-based Power Generation Facilities," which were formulated June 11, 2019, (2) information from prefectures, (3) opinions from a third-party committee, etc.
In the four areas that were designated as prospective areas this time, private business operators have already started various researches and environmental impact assessment processes in the aim of developing offshore wind power plants.
In the area off the coast of Noshiro City, Mitane-cho and Oga City (Akita Prefecture), Obayashi Corp, The Kansai Electric Power Co Inc, etc aim to start operation of a 455MW offshore wind power plant in fiscal 2024 or later. In the area off the coast of Yurihonjo City (Akita Prefecture), Renova Inc, Cosmo Eco Power Co Ltd and JR-East Energy Development Co Ltd are planning to build an offshore wind power plant with an output of up to 1GW through joint investment.
In the area off the coast of Choshi City (Chiba Prefecture), Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc and Orix Corp respectively conducted business feasibility tests. In the area off the coast of Goto City (Nagasaki Prefecture), Toda Corp is planning to build a 22MW floating offshore wind power plant and raised part of the fund by issuing green bonds.
Whether power producers that are moving forward with developments ahead of others will be prioritized in the bidding to be carried out in the future and what kinds of priorities they will be given are also issues that are drawing attention.