Japan Energy Industry

Electric Vehicles and Power Storage in Japan

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics delayed for at least a year, we’re all going to have to wait a bit longer to see Toyota’s 3,700 vehicle fleet of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles prepared especially for use at the games, along with the hydrogen-fueled Olympic torch.   In any case, that’s all more of […]

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Not in My Backyard, Japan Style

At the end of May, Nikkei reported that the number of local government ordinances in Japan banning renewable power plant construction has reached about 60, double what it was in 2017.   What could be driving this trend in a country where much of the populus is eager to move beyond its past dependence on nuclear […]

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FIT, FIP and the Future of Renewables in Japan

As we’ve reported previously, the development of renewables in Japan thus far, although successful in bringing many gigawatts of new generation online, has been a bumpy process marked by many missteps and disappointments, and the road ahead remains filled with uncertainty.   Among the variables with the potential to make or break Japan’s achievement of its […]

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