German utility RWE Renewables has opened its first office in Asia.
The utility’s new Asian office is in Tokyo, Japan to further drive the company’s renewable energy business.
The office is led by a Japanese country manager, three wind energy experts.
RWE is currently the world’s number 2 wind energy player owing to recent and planned sustainability efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2040. The German utility owns 9GW of renewable energy capacity, of which 2.5GW is generated from offshore wind farms. RWE also has an additional 2.6GW under construction.
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Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, RWE Renewables, said: “As one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies RWE sees great potential for offshore wind parks on the coastline of Japan. Our strategy is to join forces with Japanese partners whose local expertise complements our global experience and technical know-how, and who share our values and our ambition to drive the growth of offshore wind in Japan.”
Sven Utermöhlen, COO Global Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables, adds: “We expect Japan’s offshore wind industry to gain real momentum.
“The Japanese government has plans to considerably increase the role of offshore wind energy in electricity production. With clear regulations and a public tender scheme now in place, we see offshore wind as a crucial element of the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”