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

  • Future perspective and current status of wind energy in Japan after Fukushima

    After the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, energy policy and status of renewable energy in Japan is about to change significantly. 続きを読む

  • Reflections on Renewable Energy Past, Present, Future

    The year 2014 represents to me the end of ten years of phenomenal growth for renewable energy and the beginning of a new phase of renewable energy development. This new phase will be markedly different from the past ten years.  So I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect a bit on the past, present, and future of renewables, based on my 25 years of experience in the field. 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