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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI Conducts Prior Registration for Retail Electricity Suppliers (on January 28, 2016)

On January 28, 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducted prior registration for 18 business operators that desire to enter the electricity retail market pursuant to the provisions of Article 6, paragraph (2) of the Supplementary Provisions of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act (Act No. 72 of 2014).

1. Outline

Prior to the full liberalization of entry into the electricity retail market, which is to be implemented in April 2016, METI began to accept applications for prior registration by business operators that desire to enter the electricity retail market on August 3, 2015.

When registration for retail electricity suppliers is conducted, it is prescribed that the opinions of the Electricity Market Surveillance Commission must be heard in accordance with the provisions of Article 66-10, paragraph (1) of the Electricity Business Act (Act No. 170 of 1964), which was revised pursuant to the provisions of Article 1 of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act (Act No. 72 of 2014). This time, METI received responses on 18 applications from the Commission.

On January 28, 2016, in light of such responses, METI conducted prior registration for 18 business operators that desire to enter the electricity retail market pursuant to the provisions of Article 6, paragraph (2) of the Supplementary Provisions of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act. METI has conducted prior registration for 148 business operators in total thus far, including 130 business operators that were registered by January 18, 2016.

In the future, METI will also conduct prior registration for the 120 business operators whose applications are under examination, out of the 268 business operators that applied for prior registration by January 27, 2016, as soon as each examination is completed.

2. Appendix

3. Reference

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) website

  1. List of registered retail electricity suppliers External Site Link (in Japanese)
  2. Full liberalization of entry into the electricity retail marketExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Release date

January 28, 2016

Division in charge

Electricity Market Office, Policy Planning Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, ANRE

Related Information

Electricity System Reform

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