REPORT
For Greater Deployment of Wind Power
—Examining Land Use Regulations and Environmental Impact Assessment (English Abridged Version)
3 August 2017

Renewable Energy Institute today released a report "For Greater Deployment of Wind Power—Examining Land Use Regulations and Environmental Impact Assessment (English Abridged Version)."

The Japanese original of this report was released in April 2017, specifically analyzing the problems of land use regulations and Environmental Impact Assessment schemes in Japan, which are the major factors hindering the development of wind power generation in the country.

The land use regulations and Environmental Impact Assessment schemes adopted in Japan are quite different from those of Germany, the United States, and other leading countries in wind power development. This English abridged version contains extracts and partial summaries of important sections from the original report, as an attempt to inform Japan’s international counterparts the current state and challenges that Japan is facing.

The report is based on the findings of the ‘Study Group on the Schemes to Promote Greater Deployment of Wind Power Generation,’ established by the Institute in July 2016.

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<Table of Contents>
This is the table of contents of the Japanese original full version.
The items in grey (*JPN) are available in the Japanese version only.

Summary
Introduction: Background and purposes
1. Land use schemes of leading countries in wind power development: Comparison with Japan  *JPN
  1.1. Differences between Japan, Europe, and the United States in their land use schemes
  1.2. Germany: Its land use schemes and wind power development
  1.3. The United States: Its land use schemes and wind power development
  1.4. Key points of land use schemes in Germany and the United States

2. Wind power generation and the land use schemes in Japan: The current state and challenges
  2.1. Land use for wind power generation in Japan
  2.2. Coexistence between agricultural land and wind power generation
  2.3. The current state of the agricultural land use schemes, and the position of wind power generation
  2.4. Act on Promotion of Generating Renewable Energy Harmonized with Healthy Development of Agriculture,
    Forestry and Fishery: The status of its application and challenges  *JPN

  2.5. Course of action for coexistence with agriculture
3. Wind power generation and the scheme for environmental impact assessment
  3.1. The current state of environmental impact assessment for wind power generation
  3.2. Status of environmental impact assessment overseas  *JPN
  3.3. Issues for the environmental impact assessment for wind power development
  3.4. Offer of specific actions for improvement
4. Policies of prefectures and their roles for greater deployment of wind power  *JPN
  4.1. Setting targets of new installation capacity
  4.2. Identification of areas with development potential
  4.3. Coordination with municipalities for possible locations
  4.4. Commitment of local governments to take active roles

Conclusion: Courses of action for improving schemes to accelerate development


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