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Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade Revised

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that METI and the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) have jointly revised the Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade in line with the partial enforcement of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act and Other Related Acts in April 2017.

In December 1999, METI and the JFTC jointly formulated and publicized the Guidelines for Proper Electric Power Trade, which clarify problematic trade practices and other improper behavior by businesses and other entities under the Antimonopoly Act or the Electricity Business Act from the perspective of fair and effective competition in the electricity market. Since then, METI and the JFTC have been revising the guidelines in line with revisions to related systems and in response to other related changes.

In April 2017, a part of the Act for Partial Revision of the Electricity Business Act and Other Related Acts will come into force establishing a Negawatt Trading (Specified Wholesale Supply) System, which allows businesses to resell amounts of electricity saved by consumers. On February 6, 2017, METI hereby announces that in line with the beginning of this implementation, METI and the JFTC have revised and re-released the guidelines for the Act.

In the process of revising the guidelines, METI and the JFTC released the draft paper of the revision on December 5, 2016, and called for public opinions from stakeholders in broad fields, setting a close day of January 10, 2017. Four opinion submissions were received, including those presenting multiple opinions in one submission. METI and the JFTC carefully discussed the submitted opinions and consequently decided to partially amend the draft paper.

To ensure fair and effective competition in the electricity market, METI and the JFTC will endeavor to fully raise public awareness of the guidelines to contribute to preventing problematic trade practices and other improper behavior by businesses and other entities under the Antimonopoly Act or the Electricity Business Act and also will continue the appropriate operation of the Antimonopoly Act and the Gas Business Act.

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Release date

February 6, 2017

Division in Charge

  •  Electricity Market Office, Policy Planning Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Network Policy Planning Office, Executive Bureau, Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission
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