Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Japan
In 2013, the total installed wind capacity in Japan reached 2,670 MW with 1,925 turbines, including 49.7 MW from 27 offshore wind turbines. The annual net increase was only 56 MW. Total energy produced from wind turbines during 2013 was about 4 TWh, and this corresponds to 0.5% of national electric demand (846 TWh).
In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, all 48 of the nuclear reactors were shut down for safety checks against earthquakes. Since then, Japan has seen its energy imports rise and is spending an extra three trillion JPY (20.7 billion EUR; 28.5 billion USD) per year for additional fossil fuel imports. This is neither sustainable for the environment nor for the economy. It has become obvious that a rapid mass introduction of renewable energy is the right solution.