The Korean government is committed to increasing its green growth credentials, but the domestic wind power industry has been slow to take off. With limited space for onshore installations, Korea is focusing on offshore wind. Wind capacity grew by only 8% in 2011, partly because of government and public opposition but attitudes may be changing, as the debate over nuclear power in Japan affects public opinion in Korea.
Several new offshore projects have been announced recently, including a new 84MW offshore wind farm to be installed by 2014 on Jeju Island. Jeju, off the southern coast of Korea, has always been famous for its strong winds. Now, searching for a way to diversify its economy from tourism, Jeju is focusing on wind power. The Jeju government and the Korean Wind Energy Industry Association are holding a wind power conference and exhibition in Jeju, from 24-26 February 2013. GWEC is supporting this event, in the hopes that international attention will help spur the market. With the Korean government target of 23GW of wind power by 2030, a big push is needed, and we hope that Wind Energy Asia 2013 is a start.
For more information on Wind Energy Asia visit www.windasia.org.