Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act
On March 7, 2017, the Cabinet decided to approve the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act. In response to the decision, on April 1, 2017, Japan will begin enforcing the revised fees concerning the verification of electric instruments and the approval for categories of measuring instruments.
1. Summary of the Bill of the Cabinet Order
Since the beginning of smart meter verification, the period of time required for government instrument testing has continued to decrease, thereby allowing the government to provide increasingly lower-cost smart meter verification. In light of this trend, the revised Cabinet Order is to stipulate the reduction of the verification charges by approximately 20% of the existing ones. In addition, the revised Cabinet Order is to establish a new classification of instruments to cover those rated at over 150A, in order to address smart meters rated at 250A.
However, as the construction of the instruments has become increasingly complicated due to the advancement of instrument digitalization, the period of time required for instrument testing is increasing, with subsequent increases to those costs. This trend has created a gap between the existing charges and the actual cost for instrument testing. To overcome this problem, the revised Cabinet Order is to increase the fees collected for approval for the categories of instruments by approximately two to three times the existing fees, while taking into consideration the impact on applicants of this cost increase.
2. Future schedule
- March 10 (Fri.), 2017
- April 1 (Sat.), 2017
Reference: Outline of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act
Under the Measurement Act (Act No. 51 of 1992), concerning the specified measuring instruments used in transactions or certifications, including electric instruments, businesses are not allowed to use such instruments unless the instruments have passed the official government verification process. The Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act stipulates the provisions concerning the fees payable by businesses that intend to undertake the instrument verification above.
March 7, 2017
Division in Charge
Electricity Market Office, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy