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Octopus Energy and Tokyo Gas Collaborate to Drive Offshore Wind Investment

Octopus Energy and Tokyo Gas have formed a strategic partnership to establish a groundbreaking offshore wind fund worth $3.7 billion. This collaboration aims to enhance energy security and reduce global dependence on fossil fuels, signaling a significant shift towards sustainable energy sources.

The fund, which incorporates an initial investment of $237 million from Tokyo Gas, is committed to investing over $3 billion in offshore wind projects worldwide by 2030. Primarily focusing on the European market, Octopus Energy’s home turf, the fund will support projects at every stage of development, including construction and operation. In addition, the fund will also extend its support to emerging companies venturing into offshore wind farm ventures.

This initiative sets the stage for Octopus Energy, which plans to invest a staggering $19 billion in the offshore wind sector. Having previously made forays into the field through stakes in UK-based wind farms such as Hornsea One and Lincs, the company has broadened its horizon to include countries like the Netherlands, South Korea, Norway, and Ireland.

Octopus Energy Generation CEO, Zoisa North-Bond, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “This latest collaboration is a testament to Octopus Energy’s deepening relationship with Tokyo Gas, and we eagerly look forward to welcoming more investors on board as we collectively tap into the immense potential of the offshore wind market worldwide.”

Vice President of Tokyo Gas, Kentaro Kimoto, revealed the company’s ambitious goal of acquiring and trading 6 GW of renewable power sources by 2030. In pursuit of this objective, Tokyo Gas is actively adopting a multifaceted approach to offshore wind projects, including the exploration of floating offshore wind technologies.

The partnership between Octopus Energy and Tokyo Gas began in 2020 when they jointly established the energy supplier Octopus Energy in Japan. Building on this foundation, Octopus Energy has recently announced plans to expand its Asia-Pacific renewables investments and strengthen its energy retail hub in Tokyo.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of the Octopus Energy and Tokyo Gas offshore wind fund?

The offshore wind fund, valued at $3.7 billion, aims to enhance energy security and reduce global reliance on fossil fuels.

2. Where will the fund primarily focus its investments?

The fund will mainly concentrate on the European market, Octopus Energy’s primary market, while also considering opportunities in other regions.

3. Will the fund support new offshore wind farm ventures?

Yes, the fund is open to supporting new companies that are involved in developing offshore wind farms.

4. What are Octopus Energy’s plans for the offshore wind sector?

Octopus Energy plans to invest a significant sum of $19 billion into the offshore wind sector, expanding its presence globally.

5. What are Tokyo Gas’s goals in renewable energy?

Tokyo Gas aims to acquire and trade 6 GW of renewable power sources by 2030, emphasizing a multifaceted approach to offshore wind, including floating offshore wind technologies.

By Terence West

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