Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyAnnouncement Regarding the Present Status of Introduction of Facilities Generating Renewable Energy as of April 30, 2014, and a New Measure for Publicizing Future Information
The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) compiled the present status of introduction of facilities generating renewable energy as of April 30, 2014, and hereby announces the results.
In addition, in operating the Feed-in Tariff Scheme (hereinafter referred to as the “scheme”), ANRE created a new website for publicizing a variety of information on the scheme, so as to ensure its further transparency. On the website, ANRE will publicize new, specific information on the present status of introduction of facilities generating renewable energy by municipality.
As of April 30, 2014, photovoltaic power facilities steadily continue to be introduced, and the total combined capacity of such facilities has reached 9,770,000 kW since the scheme was introduced.
|Renewable energy generating facilities (type of source)||Before introducing the Feed-in Tariff Scheme||After introducing the Feed-in Tariff Scheme|
|Combined total capacity of facilities before July 1, 2012||Total capacity of newly-approved facilities (*1)||Total capacity of purchased electricity in April 2014 (unit: million)||Total value of purchased electricity in April 2014 (unit: billion) (*2)|
|Photovoltaic power (for households) (*3)||About 4,700,000 kW||2,210,000 kW||570.13 kwh||¥24.8|
|Photovoltaic power (other than households)||About 900,000 kW||7,360,000 kW||922.21 kwh||¥38.2|
|Wind power||About 2,600,000 kW||110,000 kW||365.62 kwh||¥8.1|
|Small and medium hydropower||About 9,600,000 kW||10,000 kW||111.74 kwh||¥2.9|
|Geothermal power||About 500,000 kW||0 kW||0.3 kwh||¥0|
|Biomass power (*4)||About 2,300,000 kW||90,000 kW||326.82 kwh||¥6.5|
|Total||About 20,600,000 kW||9,770,000 kW||2,296.81 kwh||¥80.4|
Note: Totals may not match the sums of the figures due to rounding.
The term “newly approved facilities” refers to facilities that ANRE has newly approved since the introduction of the scheme.
Total value of the subsidies paid to electricity utilities, which is funded by surcharges on electricity rates paid by electricity consumers, will be the amount calculated by subtracting the total amount of avoided cost for electricity utilities from the total value of purchased electricity in the table above.
The status of photovoltaic power (for households) that were announced in previous fiscal years, was categorized according to the time the facilities were introduced; namely before or after the enforcement of the Act on Special Measures Concerning New Energy Use by Operators of Electric Utilities (hereinafter called the “Act”). However, from FY2014, it has been decided to categorize this status based on whether such facilities are newly approved or approved after having begun shifting their operation systems, so as to clearly distinguish those facilities approved either before or after the introduction scheme’s introduction.
The term “facilities that were approved for having begun shifting their energy generation systems” refers to facilities that have already begun generating electricity from renewable energy on the day of enforcement of the Act, which is stipulated in Article 2 of the Order for Enforcement of the Act, or those for photovoltaic power generation under the special provision stipulated in Article 6 (1) of the Supplementary Provisions of the Act (facilities that produce electricity to be purchased under the current excess electricity purchasing scheme for photovoltaic power), both of which have already shifted their energy generation systems to those stipulated in the scheme since the scheme was introduced.
Concerning biomass power facilities, ANRE tabulates the estimated values by multiplying the ratios of the biomass when such biomass power facilities are approved, so as to introduce a tabulation method which is able to more accurately reflect the status than the method applied in previous fiscal years.
In addition, based on the results from discussions at a meeting of the New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee on June 17, 2014, ANRE decided to create a new website for publicizing a variety of information concerning operation of the scheme, which will start on August 6, 2014:
URL: http://www.fit.go.jp/statistics/public_sp.html (in Japanese)
On this website, ANRE will post the status of approval and introduction of facilities generating renewable energy across Japan by prefecture, which have been announced already, and will also newly publicize the situation of approval and introduction of such facilities by municipality as well as the amount of purchased electricity across Japan.
In addition, in response to the opening of the new website, ANRE will replace its previous press releases via the METI website with the announcements on the new website, updating information every month. As of August 6, 2014, the information as of April 30, 2014, is available on the website.
For further details, see the Japanese language press release.
August 6, 2014
Division in Charge
Renewable Energy Promotion Office, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, ANRE