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Present Status and Promotion Measures for the introduction of Renewable Energy in Japan

Status by Energy Source : Biomass Power Generation

Data (as of 2005)

  • Installed capacity: Approx. 2.23 million kW (2.52 million kl crude oil equivalent)
  • Power generation cost: Varies
  • CO2reduction cost: Varies

Outlook of long-term energy demand (case of optimal introduction)

  • Increase in installed capacity to approx. 3.33 million kW in 2020


  • Possible to use untapped resources in the region
  • Wide usage not only for biomass power generation but also for heat and material purposes
  • Cost varies depending on the type of materials and method of utilization
  • In reality, it is a finite resource with supply and price fluctuations


  • Requires consideration for allocation for other purposes
  • Stable supply of raw materials for large installation
  • Requires verification of CO2reduction effect by LCA method

Present promotion measures for introduction

  • Subsidy (for business and public facilities)
  • Taxation
  • RPS
  • R & D/demonstration tests
Unused amount of major biomass sources
Demonstration of Wood Waste Biomass Co-firing with Coal for Power Generation

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