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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyANRE Compiled a Report Titled “Revision of the Current Operation System of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme toward the Maximum Introduction of Renewable Energy”

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) hereby announces that a report titled “Revision of the Current Operation System for the Feed-in Tariff Scheme toward the Maximum Introduction of Renewable Energy” has been compiled.

1. Purpose of the report

Currently, some general electricity utilities (hereinafter referred to as “utilities”) are suspending responses to applications for connecting renewable energy power generation facilities filed under the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities. Taking the situation into consideration, the New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee (hereinafter referred to as the “subcommittee”) and the Working Group on Grid Connection of Renewable Energy (hereinafter referred to as the “WG”) under the subcommittee, both of which are operated under the Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, have been making efforts to identify the challenges and discuss the measures necessary to address the challenges, which must be implemented for the moment.

Based on the outcomes of the discussions by the subcommittee and the WG, ANRE compiled a report concerning [i] the shift from the current system for introducing renewable energy to a system with a new output-control scheme and [ii] revision of the current operation system for the FIT scheme. According to the report, ANRE will call for public comment on the amendment of the related ministerial ordinances and notifications.

2. Outline of the revision

Maximum introduction of renewable energy under the new output-control scheme

  1. Revising the coverage of facilities subject to the output control
  2. Shifting the current scheme for limiting renewable electricity output without compensation to the operators of renewable energy power generation facilities (so-called "30-days rule") from a daily basis to an hourly basis
  3. Requiring the operators of renewable energy power generation facilities to introduce a remote output-control system
  4. Increasing the capacity of utilities to connect renewable energy power generation facilities to the grid, through utilizing the Specified Electricity Utility System

Measures toward the introduction of a well-balanced system for renewable energy

Measures to be implemented by each utility regarding the issue of suspending applications

Special measures for Fukushima

Approaches to expanding the future introduction of renewable energy

Revision of the current operation system of the feed-in tariff scheme

  1. Making the purchase price for photovoltaic power generation appropriate
  2. Preventing businesses from applying for renewable energy provision contracts in order to secure their right to meet energy grid quotas without concrete business plans
  3. Facilitating efforts for securing site locations so as to prevent misunderstandings with local communities

Release date

December 18, 2014

Division in charge

New and Renewable Energy Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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