Towards Local Autonomy – The Challenge of AiPOWER in Fukushima

The Great East Japan Earthquake and the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident on March 11th, 2011 affected Fukushima seriously. 3 years after the crisis, still dozens or hundreds of problems affect the life of people living in Fukushima. However, led by a man with local tradition of Aizu area, a community power initiative has risen. 続きを読む

  • The Pioneer of Community Wind in Japan

    Photo: Hokkaido Green Fund

    Photo: Hokkaido Green Fund

    In September 2001, a wind turbine started its operation in Hamatombetsu, the northern part of Hokkaido. The wind turbine is called “Hamakaze-chan”[1], whose name was given by local elementary school children. It was the first citizen funded wind power project in Japan, and the adventurous attempt of a non-profit organization Hokkaido Green Fund (HGF) opened up the series of community based renewable energy development. 続きを読む