Japan to bolster northern grid

Japan hopes to spark more wind developments like this Eurus project

Japan hopes to spark more wind developments like this Eurus project

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has started accepting proposals from a range of companies to participate in the expansion of the country’s northern electricity grid, in a bid to encourage regional wind development.

The national government will cover roughly half of the expected construction costs, according to a statement from an entity operating under METI.

The ministry said last month it had asked for 25bn yen ($253m) to finance the expansion of the northern grid, as part of a 198.1bn yen budget request to support the development of renewable energy next year.

As METI expands the northern grid, it is also addressing problems posed by variable supplies from renewable resources.

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