The Need for Accelerated Regulatory Reform to Expand Offshore Wind

30 November 2022

in Japanese

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  • Jean-Eric Paquet
    Ambassador-Designate, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
    Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Japan since autumn 2022. He held various mandates at the European Commission, where he contributed in shaping EU policy in various fields and achieved major breakthroughs. As the Director-General for Research and Innovation from 2018 and 2022, he set up the European Innovation Council and promoted a whole-of-government approach for R&I, notably via the creation of several EU Missions to solve major ecological, societal and economical challenges. 
    He gained considerable experience at international level as Director for the Western Balkans in the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and as EU Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 2004 to 2007.
    From 2015 to 2018, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, in charge of Better Regulation and Policy Coordination.
    He also led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network Policy and was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy.
    In all his endeavours, he puts co-creation and systemic change at the heart of the decision-making process, and strongly believes that citizens should be more involved in shaping public policy agendas.
  • Kenji Sato
    Head of LAC Sales Solutions (LAC : Load, Aerodynamics and Control), MHI Vestas Japan
    In 2000 Kenji Sato started his career at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Since 2014, he joined MHI Vestas Offshore wind and lead department responsible for offshore wind turbine loads and tower design and engaged in site specific design of wind turbine support structure and project certification for many offshore wind projects in Europe and other countries. Since February 2021, he joined MHI Vestas Japan and engaged site specific design and wind farm certification focusing on Japan market.
  • Masakatsu Terazaki
    Managing Director, Kyuden Mirai Energy
    04.1982   Kyushu Electric Power (KEPCO)
    07.2005   Manager of Corporate Planning Division  (Regional Marketing & Relationship Strategy)
    07.2007   Chief Manager of Corporate Planning Division  (Regional Marketing & Relationship Strategy)
    07.2010   Deputy General Manager of Management and Policy, Secretary Office
    06.2012   President Kyuden Business Front
    06.2014   Director & General Manager of Corporate Planning Division, Kyuden Mirai Energy
    06.2020 - present  Managing Director Kyuden Mirai Energy

    Expert member of the Council of Counsellors of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy, Cabinet Office; Auditor of the OEAJ Ocean Energy Association-Japan; Member of the Committee for the Promotion of Renewable Energy Industrialisation of the Kyushu Governors' Association and the Kyushu Economic Federation; and many other public positions.
  • Yukinobu Uchida
    Market Area Manager Japan, Energy Systems, DNV AS Japan Branch
    Yukinobu Uchida has been Country Manager for DNV Energy Systems Japan since foundation in 2003. He has 30 years in the wind industry, advising some of the country’s leading renewable energy market players in both onshore and offshore wind. He has extensive experience of the Japanese renewable energy market and has been involved in numerous jobs, including previous work on regulatory conditions for new entrant wind turbine suppliers to the Japanese market and policy and certification advisory works for METI.
    He has been a member of IEC 61400-26 Standardization Working Group for the International Standard for Availability of Wind Turbine and Wind Power Plant since its foundation in 2007. He is also a member of Japanese National Committee for Standardization of Wind Turbine System and its Sub-committee for Wind Turbine Certification.
  • Sayuri Watanabe
    Japan Representative, World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO)

    Sayuri Watanabe started working at World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) as Japan Representative in September 2021.
    Prior to this role at WFO, she worked at K2 Management in Hamburg, Germany from 2018. Sayuri worked in Deutsche Bucht OWF Project (Construction/Commissioning) as Contract & Claim Manager, also as Project Manager and Contract Manager for several development and auction phase Offshore Wind Projects in Asia, mainly Japan.
    Sayuri started her renewables career in 2013 in Tokyo as Legal and Commercial Manager for developers and WTG manufacture. Before, she worked 7 years in investment banking in a Japanese Commercial Bank. Her offshore wind projects experience is combined with her strong commercial and legal experience in the renewable and finance industry.
    She is located in Tokyo since January 2022.
  • Ilkka Saarinen
    Counsellor, Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
    Ilkka Saarinen is Counsellor at the Trade Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan since spring 2020.
    He has worked the main part of his career at the Finnish Foreign Ministry where he has held various mandates, notably as Director for Market Access 2004 – 2013 and Deputy Director-General for External Economic Relations 2013 - 2019. Mr. Saarinen has also worked at the EU Commission, DG Trade 1998 – 2001 and the Embassy of Finland to Japan 2019 – 2020.
    Mr. Saarinen specializes in a wide range of trade and economic issues including trade and sustainable development, global value chains, dispute settlement and Free Trade Agreements. He has contributed to the creation of new market access and export promotion practices and instruments and he was a member of the EU High Level Group on Trade Policy Innovation 2018 - 2019. Mr. Saarinen has a long experience of international negotiations both in the EU and national contexts.
    In his current position, Mr. Saarinen concentrates on market access (notably related to offshore wind power), regulatory cooperation, Japan’s trade agreements and value chain questions.
  • Tomas Kåberger
    Chair of Executive Board, Renewable Energy Institute
    Tomas Kåberger has been the Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in 2011. Academically, he got an MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science at Chalmers. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently affiliate Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology.
    Industrially, he has had leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, another company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vattenfall, and as Industrial Growth Executive of the European company InnEnergy.
    Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Committees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency. He was also a member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council between 2018 and 2021.
  • Mika Ohbayashi
    Director, Renewable Energy Institute
    Mika Ohbayashi is Director at Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in August 2011. Before joining the Institute, from 2010 to 2011, she worked in Abu Dhabi for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. Prior to that, she worked at the British Embassy to Japan as Climate Change Project Advisor from 2008 to 2009, and served as Director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies from 2000 to 2008. She started her career in the energy field by joining the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in 1992. In 2017, she was awarded the ISES Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy - in honour of Hermann Scheer by the International Solar Energy Society.
  • Tetsuo Saitou
    Senior Research Fellow, Renewable Energy Institute
    Tetsuo Saitou joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2019. He started his career at Fuji Electric in 1971 designing control systems for hydroelectric power stations and electric grid systems, and from 1996 he was responsible for driving EPC for wind power plants. He served as a Board of Director of the Japan Wind Power Association since its establishment in 2001. He joined Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) from 2007 where he was involved in developing wind power generation business. As the Japan Wind Power Association became a new organization in 2010, he undertook research on the potential of wind power generation in Japan formulating the targets for 2050 and recommendations for achieving the targets on its findings. From 2015, he became a Project Researcher at the University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science, where he dedicated his time on research on maintaining power quality and improvement using wind power forecasting and control functions of wind power plants. Since 2005, he has been a member of various committees related to wind power plants and electric grid systems at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Environment (MOE), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), among others.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, his research focuses on solar and wind power curtailment data analysis and interconnectors.
  • Mika Kudo
    Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
    Mika Kudo joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2016. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, she worked as a law practitioner from 1999. She started her career as a researcher in the Research Office for Judicial Reform of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) in 2002 when the Japanese government engaged in the judicial reform from 2001. She was in charge of research on the implementation of Saiban-in (lay judge or jury) system, reform of criminal procedure, law school system, the social impact of increasing in-house counsels, as well as judicial systems and researches in foreign countries related to those issues. While working as a staff attorney for JFBA for over 10 years, she also served in the Civil Legal Aid Division of the Japan Legal Support Center in 2010.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, her research focuses on interconnectors, market design for electricity system reform and the institutional challenges for renewable energy such as offshore wind.

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