Participation in World Forum Offshore Wind
JERA Co., Inc (“JERA”) has decided to join World Forum Offshore Wind (“WFO”).
Founded in Germany in 2018, WFO is a non-profit organization that seeks to foster the global growth of offshore wind energy by collecting and disseminating related information and educating government officials around the world. In addition to offshore wind power operators, WFO members include global companies and organizations from fields such as finance, law, and insurance*. WFO has launched a subsidiary Floating Offshore Wind Committee (“FOWC”), which plans to begin activities in June 2020.
A variety of issues must be resolved before floating offshore wind power generation can be deployed on a commercial basis. In the future, however, it is expected to play an important role in expanding the adoption of renewable energy because the energy potential of the sea areas where it can be installed—those that are 50m or more deep—is so much greater than that of the areas shallower than 50m that are suitable for bottom-fixed wind power generation.
As a member of WFO and FOWC, JERA will contribute to the growth of floating offshore wind power generation by working in cooperation with other member companies and organizations to promote initiatives related to advocacy and policymaking, cost reductions, the highest health and safety standards, and engagement with stakeholders.
Aiming to be a global leader in renewable energy, JERA will actively promote large-scale offshore wind power generation projects in Japan and overseas and contribute to the sustainable expansion of offshore wind power generation by taking part in related organizations.
*Members: Aker Solutions, Asia Wind Energy Association, Carneades, Catapult Offshore Renewable Energy, Chatham Partners, DEME, EEW Special Pipe Constructions, Energy Industries Council, EWE, France Energie Eolienne, Green Giraffe, Griffin-Woodhouse, HeliService, Hexicon, Hogan Lovells, Innogy, Marsh, Northland Power, NW Assekuranz, RWE, Simply Blue Energy, Suzlon Energy, US Business Network for Offshore Wind, Wab, Watson Farley & Williams, World Ocean Council