Renewable Energy Institute's annual event "REvision2022: Accelerating Renewable Developments" will be held virtually on Wednesday, 2 March 2022. It will also commemorate the Institute's ten-year anniversary. Below are highlights of this event:
1. Latest trends and future prospects for offshore wind power in Japan
In the bidding for Japan's first offshore wind power project held at the end of last year, Mitsubishi Corporation won the bidding for all three offshore wind farms, with the lowest price being 11.99 yen/kWh. One of the speakers in this session will be Yoshihiro Iwasaki, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions, who will talk about the company's strategy.
From an international standpoint, Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) will provide his evaluation of the current status of offshore wind in Japan and overlook future prospects. Furthermore, government ministry officials will join, among others, the discussion on how to speed up the deployment of offshore wind power in this country.
2. Federal energy policy chiefs from the U.S. and Germany will discuss their strategies for the energy transition
Germany's new government has raised its renewables target for 2030 to 80%. Patrick Graichen, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, who is leading Germany's energy policy, will be speaking at this year's REvision. In the United States, under the Biden administration, a policy shift is underway to achieve zero emissions from the power sector by 2035. Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, will provide an update of the current situation. In addition, Amory B. Lovins from Rocky Mountain Institute, and Francesco La Camera from IRENA, will share their views on how to pursue the energy transition.
3. Decarbonization of industry and the economy through renewables
The rapid expansion and price decline of solar and wind power is beginning to push forward the decarbonization of not only the energy sector but also the industry sector through green hydrogen and other means. Tokutaro Nakai, Vice Minister of the Environment will present Japan's strategy to accelerate the decarbonization of society and regions, and experts from IEA, IRENA, and UNESCAP will be invited to highlight recent trends in Asia and the world.
4. Reviewing Japan's energy policy and energy transformation, and looking ahead to the next ten years
This year's REvision will also be held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Renewable Energy Institute as well as the Renewable Energy Associations of local governments ― prefectures and government-designated cities. The event will be moderated by journalist Hiroko Kuniya, and will feature governors and mayors from prefecture and cities in Japan, as well as wind and solar pv industry experts who will review Japan's energy policy in the past ten years and discuss the prospects for the next decade. From the Institute, Tomas Kåberger will give a commemorative speech, and Takejiro Sueyoshi will participate in the discussion.