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Nation’s wind power generation capacity grew fivefold in last decade via The Japan Times

The nation’s wind power capacity has climbed about fivefold to 2.5 million kw over the past decade, sources say.

But growth in fiscal 2011 shrank to just under 100,000 kw — the slowest pace in the decade — following the termination of subsidies for wind plant construction the previous year, the sources said Saturday.

The government expects electricity produced by wind power and other renewable energy sources to continue expanding after the so-called feed-in tariff system kicks off in July. The system requires utilities in principle to buy, at fixed rates, electricity from other entities that is produced by environmentally safe methods, such as solar or wind power.

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