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Measures for Electricity Supply and Demand for the Winter of FY2017 Compiled

On October 24, 2017, the Electricity and Gas Basic Policy Subcommittee under the Electricity and Gas Industry Committee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy held a meeting and compiled data on the actual electricity supply and demand for the summer of FY2017 and the results of a study on the electricity supply-demand outlook for the winter of FY2017 into a report. In addition, it released measures for electricity supply and demand for the winter of FY2017.

1. Background and objectives

Aiming to provide full-fledged efforts for electricity supply-demand measures to address Japan’s electricity situation after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it is necessary to examine the electricity supply-demand outlook, which is an important basis for electricity supply-demand measures, in a transparent and objective manner, for the purpose of ensuring a stable supply of electricity.

To achieve this goal, at the meetings of the Electricity and Gas Basic Policy Subcommittee, which METI established under the Electricity and Gas Industry Committee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, a report was prepared based on the actual electricity supply and demand for the summer of FY2017 and the findings of a study on the electricity supply-demand outlook for the winter of FY2017 were compiled.

2. Key points of the report

  1. Prospects for the electricity supply and demand in the winter of FY2017 - A reserve margin of 3% or more, which is the minimum ratio required for a stable supply of electricity across Japan, will be secured by all electrical power utilities, based on the study results also taking into consideration trading in electricity markets between service areas, calculated on the assumption that Japan may face a severe, once-in-a-decade cold winter.
  2. In light of the study findings, Japanese government decided not to request that the public cooperate in energy saving efforts this winter, following on from this summer. However, it will request that businesses enhance efforts for maintaining their power-generation facilities and securing the safety thereof to prepare for any loss of power or other unexpected problems.

Release date

October 24, 2017

Division in Charge

Electricity Infrastructure Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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