JRE president Kazuhiro Takeuchi participated in a panel discussion at the Year Ahead Summit hosted by Bloomberg that was held in Tokyo.
In this event, where leaders of various industries gathered to discuss future outlooks of the world in 2020 and beyond, the president took the rostrum during a panel titled "What's the Alternative?", where a discussion was held about the future of Japan's energy market and the challenges that lie ahead. He talked about the need to rapidly expand the use of renewable energy in order to solve social problems in Japan and around the world, the challenges involved in achieving this goal, and the anticipation for innovation. In the questionnaires that were handed out to the full venue, attendees indicated their high hopes for the future of renewable energy.
JRE president Kazuhiro Takeuchi participated in the panel discussions at Singapore International Energy Week, an event sponsored by the government of Singapore, as the sole representative of Japan's renewable power generation industry.
Topics included identifying the obstacles to the expansion of renewable energy and the ideal forms of integration with conventional power sources. Japan's experiences and the lessons learned through trials were shared, capturing the interest of several hundred attendees.
JRE executive Kiyoshi Doi participated in the panel discussions at the Japan Solar + Energy Storage 2019 and the Japan Wind Energy Conference 2019, which were held simultaneously in Osaka from October 28 to October 29.
Business leaders, investors, and researchers took the stage in front of hundreds of people to discuss a wide range of topics related to solar energy generation, energy storage, and the development of onshore and offshore wind projects.
JRE Chairman Yasu (JWPA Vice President) served as the tour lead of the U.K. offshore wind visit tour organized by Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) from June 23 to 30. Thirty-six participants from wind farm companies, contractors, manufacturers, financial institutions, law firms and other organizations attended Global Offshore Wind 2019, an international offshore wind power conference, in London and visited the Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm offshore Liverpool and other places. Chairman Yasu gave a lecture on offshore wind power generation in Japan and captivated the audience's attention at the conference held on June 25 in London.
A JRE executive participated in a panel discussion at Solar Asset Management Asia held in Tokyo Conference Center Ariake on May 30 and 31 two years in a row. Panelists had a lively discussion on what projects will be impacted by the revision of the draft FIT amendment, analysis on what should be done when, the impact of the amendments on project finance and capital cost of future projects and other topics under the theme, "Revision of the draft FIT amendment: impact of the amendments on developers, investors and lenders."
JRE President Takeuchi participated in a panel discussion at an event for domestic and international investors, Infrastructure Investor Summit Tokyo, held at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo.
In the panel discussion entitled "Japan renewables project showcase," panelists discussed the outlook and challenges of the renewable energy market in Japan. President Takeuchi presented our activities and explained that the growth is slower in the Japanese renewable energy market than in Europe and other markets but therefore a sharp growth is expected in the future.
JRE hosted an open day event and energy workshop at Nakakyushu Onitayama Wind Farm in Miyazaki Prefecture. This is the third year since we started this event and university students from Kanto, Kansai and Kyushu (members of international NGO, Habitat for Humanity Japan (hereinafter, "Habitat")) and local high school students from Miyazaki Prefectural Gokase Secondary School (27 students in total) as well as their related parties participated in this event.
In the morning, the students learned about the renewable energy and visited the wind farm. Several students entered in the windmill tower at a time and attentively listened to the explanation by JRE employees, looking at the control panel, elevator and other equipment, and posed questions.
In the afternoon, they did group work in mixed teams consisting of university and high school students under the theme, "Think about energy policies for an imaginary country." Each group analyzed the interests of various stakeholders, examined policies and presented them as the prime minister of the imaginary country. JRE employees and Habitat staff joined each group as mentors and supported them. After the presentation, JRE and Habitat explained the details of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and actual efforts, and asked the students to consider which of the SDGs the policies they had examined contribute to or negatively affect.
After the workshop, we received comments from the students. Some of the comments are as follows: "You gave me an opportunity to think about renewable energies and SDGs more deeply." "I learned various interests and the multifaceted approach." "I widened my perspective by mingling with local high school students."
On the following day, the university students did volunteer activities in an area affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake (Nishiharamura) as members of Habitat. JRE supported this training event in Kyushu including the volunteer activities in general.
JRE will continue to organize wind farm open day and other events to ponder energy in the future. We hope that we can contribute to creating a sustainable society by not only holding open day events but also giving opportunities for particularly young generations to think, talk and make decisions from various perspectives.