1. Home
  2. News Releases
  3. Back Issues
  4. July FY2019
  5. Promising Sea Areas and Sites Selected for Targeted Promotion

Promising Sea Areas and Sites Selected for Targeted Promotion

As an effort under the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources

July 30, 2019

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) selected 11 sea areas as potential sea areas, from which the target sea areas for certain projects for promoting utilization of such areas will be designated under the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”), since these 11 areas are considered to have progressed to a certain level of preparations for starting such projects.

As four sea areas out of the 11 were determined to be promising areas, ANRE and the Ports and Harbours Bureau will immediately start preparations for organizing the council under the Act and for government-led wind-conditions and geological research in the four areas.

1. Overview

Under the Act, the government of Japan is required to stipulate basic policies, designate every fiscal year the sea areas as target areas for certain projects for promoting utilization of such areas and then select businesses as organizers of the projects through public calls.

ANRE and the Ports and Harbours Bureau have been collecting and aggregating information on sea areas that municipalities and other organizations hold and offered to ANRE and the bureau from February 8 to April 15, 2019. In accordance with the Guidelines for Designating Target Sea Areas in which Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy are Developed, which was formulated in June 11, 2019, ANRE and the Ports and Harbours Bureau selected 11 sea areas which are considered to have progressed to a certain level of preparations for starting projects, based on the information collected from municipalities and other organizations and the opinions offered by a third-party committee of experts. As four sea areas out of the 11 were determined to be promising areas, ANRE and the Ports and Harbours Bureau will immediately start preparations for organizing the council under the Act and for government-led wind-conditions and geological research in the four areas.

2. Selected 11 sea areas considered to have progressed to a certain level of preparations for starting projects

Based on the information offered by municipalities and other organizations, ANRE and the Ports and Harbours Bureau selected the following 11 sea areas as those considered to have progressed to a certain level of preparations for starting projects.

3. Promising four sea areas about which preparations for organizing the council under the Act and other actions will immediately start

As the following four sea areas out of the 11 have made progress in developing the environment for starting projects, e.g., reaching prior consent with local residents, they were determined to be promising areas. In response, ANRE and the Ports and Harbours Bureau will immediately start preparations for organizing the council under the Act and for government-led wind-conditions and geological research in the four areas.

4. Points to be noted in advancing projects in the future in seven areas out of the 11

In the seven sea areas out of 11, except the four areas mentioned in Item 3 above, projects should be advanced in the future bearing in mind the following points to be noted.

Note: The respective names of the selected sea areas released herein are those offered by the municipalities among other information they presented.

Division in Charge

New and Renewable Energy Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy