On January 8th, Hitachinaka Generation, a subsidiary of JERA, began the commercial operation of Hitachinaka Joint Thermal Power Station Unit 1 (650 MW, utilizing ultrasupercritical [USC] pressure power generation). There are many issues with starting operation of a new coal-fired power plant.
Japan Beyond Coal has updated its database on January 4. As Kushiro Power Station started its commercial operation, current units of "operating" became 162,
On December 10th, Japanese environmental and civic groups collaboratively launched "Four Critical Years: Act Now to Protect Our Future," a campaign calling for an energy policy consistent with the Paris Agreement and a review of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.
On November 16, 2020, Joban Joint Power Co., Ltd. announced the retirement of Nakoso Power Station Unit 10. Along with CO2 CCS, IGCC is one of the next-generation technologies expected as part of Japan's low-carbon energy infrastructure, but there are serious doubts as to its effectiveness.
On October 26, 2020, Prime Minister Suga delivered his first policy speech since taking office, declaring that Japan would fundamentally change its existing coal policy.
On October 13, JERA, Japan's largest power generation company (jointly owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Group and Chubu Electric Power Company), announced “Towards Zero CO2 Emissions in 2050.” Although JERA has set targets for 2030, how will they achieve net zero emissions while continuing to build new power plants?