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New JERA President Determined To Reach Ambitious Offshore Wind Target

The new CEO of JERA, Hisahide Okuda, reveals his determination to take every measure possible to achieve ambitious targets for offshore wind power by 2025.



JERA President Hisahide Okuda at the interview in Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on April 28, 2023 (© Sankei by Shunsuke Sakamaki).

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The 58-year-old new president of JERA, Hisahide Okuda, stated in an interview with The Sankei Shimbun in late April that the company will "focus particularly on offshore wind power in Japan and Asia" for its renewable energy projects. JERA, which stands for Japan’s Energy for a New Era, is the largest power generation company in Japan and a joint venture of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) and Chubu Electric Power.

Ambitious Targets

The company has set a target to introduce 5 million kilowatts of offshore wind power worldwide by 2025. But concrete prospects for achieving this goal currently stand at only around 2.8 million kilowatts. In March, JERA announced the acquisition of the Belgian offshore wind power giant Parkwind for approximately ¥220 billion JPY (€1.55 billion EUR). The company aims to take full advantage of Parkwind's technology and expertise to narrow this gap.

Koichi Hagiuda (foreground), chair of the LDP's Policy Research Council, on an inspection of the JERA Hekinan Power Station. Efforts are underway to commercialize coal-fired power generation technology that mixes ammonia, which emits no carbon dioxide when burned, with fuel (© Sankei by Daisuke Sawada).

Okuda acknowledged that the numerical target is “quite high.” But he also emphasized that “without this development capability, we wouldn't stand a chance against the world’s top competitors.” He expressed his intention to take every possible measure to achieve the goal by 2025.

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Author: The Sankei Shimbun