The Japan Power market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 1.14% during the forecast period.
The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19. Presently the market has now reached pre-pandemic levels.
Over the medium period, the growth in renewable energy projects is expected to drive the Japanese power market.
On the other hand, the relatively stagnant electricity demand is expected to hinder market growth during the forecast period.
New and efficient technologies like supercritical and ultra-supercritical coal power plants, which reduce the amount of pollution (per KW), are expected to replace the aging power plants and will likely create several opportunities for the Japanese power market in the future.
Japan Power Market Trends
Thermal Power Generating Source is Expected to Dominate the Market
Thermal power plants in Japan are mostly powered by natural gas. The country is the largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) after China and uses a major portion of the LNG to produce electricity. In 2021, the country imported 101.3 billion cubic meters (bcm) of the total imported LNG in the world, which is approximately 19.6% of the LNG imported.
After the 2011 tsunami, Japan had to close down most of its nuclear power plants, which made Japan use natural gas as a significant source of energy generation to fill the void. In the past decade, natural gas has emerged as a significant source of energy in the country.
The Japanese thermal power sector is dominated by LNG-fired plants, which account for nearly 49.5% of the total power capacity. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) statistics, as of 2021, Japan has 69 plants with an average installed capacity of 1.1 GW. This is followed by coal-fired power plants, which account for nearly 95 plants and 32.2% of the total installed capacity.
However, since the pandemic has subsided and demand has recovered, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to have economic effects, global energy prices have spiked rapidly. This has created a huge demand spike in Japan, which has been dealing with high energy prices, as a result of which the country has been shifting to coal and natural gas to maintain energy security.
Growth in Renewable Energy Market is Likely to Drive the Market
Japan is one of the countries leading the development of the renewable energy sector to reduce its dependency upon imported fossil fuels. Solar is one of the leading segments that has contributed significantly to renewable energy growth in Japan. In 2021, solar energy had an installed capacity of around 74.19 GW.
The solar energy market in Japan is poised for growth in the coming years on account of the government’s policy to implement clean energy measures in the country, the declining cost of solar energy generation, and reduced energy storage prices.?
The country has several renewable energy projects that are likely to replace old thermal power plants. Moreover, the adoption of renewable technologies is expected to reduce the country’s expenses on imported fuel, thus saving its revenue for other developmental work.
Yatsubo Solar Power Plant, Ikeda Solar Power Plant, and Miyagi Osato Solar Park are a few upcoming prominent projects that are likely to expand the country’s renewable sector.
Japan Power Market Competitor Analysis
The Japan power market is moderately fragmented. The key players in the market (not in a particular order) include Hokkaido Electric Power Company, Tohoku Electric Power Company, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Chubu Electric Power Company, and Hokuriku Electric Power Company, among others.
The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format
3 months of analyst support