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If you build a grid, will they come?

Attempt to spur wind power generation in Japan's northernmost island

The Japanese government wants to triple wind power generation by 2030.

TOKYO -- A consortium of Japanese companies plans to run power lines across a 100km stretch of a blustery region in Hokkaido to secure the means of transmitting electricity generated by wind power.

Involved in the project are Eurus Energy Holdings, Eco Power and four other companies. The transmission lines will run from the town of Nakagawa to the city of Wakkanai in northern Hokkaido, the country's northernmost major island. Construction will begin in April 2019, with completion slated for October 2021. Half the estimated cost of 50 billion yen ($442 million) will come from government subsidies.

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