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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyANRE to Start Discussions for Fleshing out the Strategic Energy Plan-Holding meetings of three subcommittees in the fields of energy conservation, new and renewable energy and nuclear energy-

On April 11, 2014, the Cabinet approved the Strategic Energy Plan. In order to flesh out the plan, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) will hold meetings of the subcommittees under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy and further develop discussions on certain issues in the fields of energy conservation, new and renewable energy and nuclear energy.

1. Outline of the meetings

1) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee

Based on the details of the new Strategic Energy Plan, Japan should study future measures to be taken for promoting energy conservation initiatives to the maximum extent possible, aiming at the realization of an advanced energy saving society. To achieve this goal, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy will start deliberations.

2) New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee

In line with the Act on Special Measures concerning the Procurement of Renewable Electric Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities, Japan should implement an overhaul of the measures for renewable energy and examine the additional measures required, while taking into consideration the details of the new Strategic Energy Plan.

To achieve this goal, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy will be held. In the meetings, ideal approaches to implementing necessary measures for fleshing out the policies concerning renewable energy, which are stipulated in the Strategic Energy Plan, will be discussed.

3) Nuclear Energy Subcommittee

ANRE will also hold meetings of the Nuclear Energy Subcommittee of the Electricity and Gas Industry Committee under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, aiming to discuss ideal approaches to implementing necessary measures for specifying the policies concerning the field of nuclear energy, which are stipulated in the Strategic Energy Plan, concerning issues on [i] challenges that Japan faces for decreasing its dependency on nuclear energy, [ii] specific measures for enhancing the safety of nuclear energy, and [iii] an appropriate business environment for nuclear power operators in a competitive environment.

2. Schedules for discussions

The meetings will be open to the public in principle and held according to the following schedules:
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee: June 24 (Tue.), 2014
The New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee: June 17 (Tue.), 2014
The Nuclear Energy Subcommittee: June 19 (Thurs.), 2014

The schedules will be publicized on the following METI website for events by the advisory committees and study groups as soon as they are decided:
https://wwws.meti.go.jp/interface/honsho/committee/index.cgi/committee (in Japanese)

3. Members of the subcommittees

See the Japanese language press release.

Release Date

June 13, 2014

Division in Charge

1) Information on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, ANRE
2) Information on the New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee:
New and Renewable Energy Division, ANRE
3) Information on the Nuclear Energy Subcommittee:
Nuclear Energy Policy Planning Division, ANRE

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