The Japanese Wind Energy Association just published figures on wind energy deployment for 2012. They look very weak.
Thanks to this tweet by Hiro Matsubara for the link.
For all of 2012 there was only 92 MW of new capacity installed, distributed over 49 turbines.
With the feed-in tariff law in force since July of last year are paying more than 2.5 times of major markets like Germany (Paul Gipe), this has not yet unleashed a big wind boom on the Japanese market. The Japanese Wind Energy Association points to a revision of the environmental assessment law that has come into force in October 2012 as one reason for this disappointing development.
For comparison, 2006 has seen 406 MW, and 2009 was 304 MW of additional wind capacity in Japan, so these figures are weak not only in comparison to what one would expect with such generous feed-in tariffs, but also compared to previous years without a feed-in tariff system.
I guess the good news is that Japan won’t have to worry about wind capacity driving up the surcharges for the time being.