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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyCabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order to Specify the Enforcement Date of the Amended Electricity Business Act (2nd stage) and Other Cabinet Orders

On June 30, 2015, regarding the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Amended Act”), which was enacted at the 186th ordinary session of the Diet in 2014, the Cabinet approved the Cabinet Order to stipulate the enforcement date for the Amended Act to fully liberalize entry into the electricity retail market as April 1, 2016, the commencement date for applications for prior registration for the electricity retail business toward full liberalization of entry into the electricity retail market as August 3, 2015, and the deadline for applications for approval of Wheeling Service Provisions by the general electricity utilities as July 31, 2015.

1. Details of the Amended Act

As an effort under the second phase of the Electricity System Reform, METI organized provisions related to the Amended Act to fully liberalize entry into the electricity retail market. The Amended Act was deliberated upon during the 186th ordinary session of the Diet in 2014, and enacted and promulgated in June 2014.

2. Outline of the Cabinet Orders

1) Cabinet Order for Stipulating the Enforcement Date of the Amended Act

The Amended Act is to come into force on April 1, 2016, and the provisions concerning applications for prior registration for the electricity retail business toward full liberalization of entry into the electricity retail market are to come into force on August 3, 2015.

2) Cabinet Order for Stipulating the Deadline for Applications for Approval of Wheeling Service Provision by the General Electricity Utilities

In line with the enforcement of the Amended Act, the deadline for the applications for approval of Wheeling Service Provisions by the general electricity utilities is stipulated as July 31, 2015, and the deadline for notification of Provisions for Last Resort Service and Provisions for Universal Service on Isolated Islands is stipulated as December 28, 2015.

Release date

June 30, 2015

Division in Charge

Electricity and Gas Market Reform Office, Policy Planning Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)

Related Information

Electricity System Reform

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