In 2016, the total installed wind power capacity in Japan reached 3,234 MW, including 59.6 MW of offshore capacity. The annual net capacity increase was 195 MW. Total wind generated electricity during 2016 was about 5.3 TWh, which corresponds to 0.55% of the national electricity demand (920.1 TWh).
The signs of recovery from the strict Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Law are becoming ever more apparent. More than 11 GW of new wind farm projects are still suspended by EIA processes. Nearly 88% of the projects in planning are located in the Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. These regions have plenty of wind resources, but low population in these areas creates low electric demand and grid connection problems.