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Mitsubishi to boost renewable energy in power generation business

  • 11 days ago (2021-05-03)
  • David Flin
Asia 640 Renewables 673

Mitsubishi has announced that it will increase the share of renewable energy sources in its power generation business from the current 30 per cent to over 60 per cent by 2030. The company will increase investment in solar and wind power at home and abroad, while gradually reducing coal-fired power generation to zero by 2050.

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Mitsubishi has a generating capacity of 10.8 GW, including those currently under development, calculated based on ownership ratio. By 2030, Mitsubishi will double the power it gets from renewable energy sources from the 6.6 GW it had in 2019.

Mitsubishi is expected to speed up development of storage batteries to manage electricity supply and demand.

In the USA and Europe, Mitsubishi will promote development through its subsidiary Eneco, a Dutch renewable energy power generator it bought in March 2020 with Chubu Electric Power. Eneco mainly develops offshore wind power plants, with contracts including the Netherlands and Belgium. Mitsubishi is also seeking to expand its business in the USA through Nexamp, a Massachusetts solar power developer acquired in 2018.

Mitsubishi will drastically reduce coal- and gas-fired thermal power generation, which currently accounts for 70 per cent of its supply mix. The company will not develop new coal-fired plants and will gradually withdraw from existing facilities.