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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyPromulgation of the Ministerial Ordinance and the Related Public Notices for Partially Revising the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities-Revision of the Current Operation System for the Feed-in Tariff Scheme toward the Maximum Introduction of Renewable Energy-

On December 18, 2014, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) compiled a report titled “Revision of the Current Operation System for the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Scheme toward the Maximum Introduction of Renewable Energy,” and called for public comments on the draft revision of the related ministerial ordinances and public notices. Considering the opinions that it received, on January 22, 2015, ANRE promulgated the Ministerial Ordinances for Partially Revising the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities, as well as the related Public Notices thereof.

1. Purpose of the revision

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 this situation into consideration, the New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee and the Working Group on Grid Connection of Renewable Energy under the subcommittee, both of which are operated under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, identified the challenges and discussed 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 working group, ANRE decided to implement [i] a shift from the current system for introducing renewable energy to a system with a new output-control scheme and [ii] a revision of the current operation system for the FIT scheme.

As the issue of restriction for grid connection is emerging, it is essential for Japan to introduce a more effective and meticulous output-control scheme so as to successfully introduce renewable energy per kWh to the maximum extent possible. ANRE will meticulously control energy output according to the new scheme, thereby advancing an approach to the maximum introduction of renewable energy sources as well as achieving the two targets, namely, stable energy supply and expanding the introduction of renewable energy at the same time.

2. Outline of the revised Ministerial Ordinances and Public Notices

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 for the operators of renewable energy power generation facilities (so-called “30-day rule”) from a daily basis to an hourly basis
  3. Increasing the capacity of utilities to connect renewable energy power generation facilities to the grid, through utilizing the Specified Electricity Utility System

Revision of the current operation system of the FIT 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. Future actions considering the opinions and other public comments that METI received

  • Regular assessment of the capacity of utilities to connect renewable energy power generation facilities to the grid
  • Development of a new system to assess a new output-control scheme and see how well the scheme is observed
  • Announcement of expected output-control periods
  • Revision of the rules concerning the use of power transmission interconnection lines
  • Postponement of applying the output control scheme targeting small photovoltaic power generation, e.g., such systems for households, and small wind power generation

4. Future schedule

  • Enforcement: January 26 (Mon.), 2015

    Note: Some Ministerial Ordinances and all the Public Notices will be enforced on February 15 (Sun.), 2015.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

January 22, 2015

Divisions in charge

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

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