The Organization for Cross-regional Coordination of Transmission Operators (OCCTO) released its "Aggregation of Electricity Supply Plans for FY2022", a compilation of supply plans submitted by electric utilities.
Shikoku Electric Power notified retirement of the Saijo Power Station Unit 1 at the end of March. Replacement unit will start its operation in June 2023.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report stating that the Department of Energy faces the risk of wasting large sums of money by supporting carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects
This is a monthly update of the Japan Beyond Coal data and map. There is no update in July, so current condition has been same since June: Operating 165, Planning/Under Construction 9 units.
【News】Government council presents draft of Japan’s next energy plan, firmly maintains coal power at 19% in 2030
On July 21, the Japanese government presented a draft of the 6th Strategic Energy Plan, which proposes to maintain coal power at 19% by 2030, with renewable energy at 36-38%,
Despite construction being disputed in two ongoing court cases, on May 5, Kobe Steel’s Coal-fired Power Plant Unit 3 finished its construction and progressed further with the firing of its boiler.
【News】Powering Past Coal Alliance continues to grow with new members from national and sub-national governments, power utilities, and private enterprises
On June 30, 2021, the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), announced twelve new members and partners as the global movement to phase out coal-fired power continues to gain momentum.
【News】 Kiko Network’s Kimiko Hirata awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts on phasing out coal power
In June 2021, Kiko Network’s Kimiko Hirata was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, often called “the Nobel Prize for the Environment", for her efforts on stopping the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
Japan Beyond Coal database update on July1: June 17, Kyushu Electric announced the Karita Power Station New 1 is back to an active status from mothballed.
[News] “Japan, Time to End Coal” ad in the Financial Times: Japan’s continued backing of coal power has left it isolated among the G7
On March 31, 2021, the Organization for Cross-regional Coordination of Transmission Operators (OCCTO) released the Aggregation of Electricity Supply Plans for FY2021.
There is no movement in May. So, the number of currently operating power station is same as last update, 165 units in total, including 4 units of mothballed .
Japan Beyond Coal database update: Two proposal plans were canceled and two plants started commercial operation in April.
On April 23, the Working Group for the Review of Coal-fired Power Generation, a deliberation council of the METI, announced that they have compiled an interim report on a coal “fade-out” toward 2030.
【News】End to the consideration of the coal-fired power project in Akita – End of the domestic new construction plan
On April 27, 2021, Kanden Energy Solution Co., Inc. (Kenes) announced that Kenes and Marubeni Clean Power Corporation would end their consideration of the Akita Port Thermal Power Station (tentative name) construction plan.