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METI Releases Report of Study Group for Establishment of Guidelines for Energy Conservation by Energy Retailers

In July 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established a Study Group for Establishment of Guidelines for Energy Conservation by Energy Retailers and since then, the study group held discussions concerning: ideal approaches to taking measures that contribute to leveling of electricity demand, those to information provision that contributes to energy conservation by consumers and those to providing energy conservation products and services. METI hereby announces that the study group compiled its discussion results into a report.

1. Background and purpose

Under the Long-term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook (energy mix) formulated in 2015, Japan is estimated to achieve energy conservation of as much as 11.60 million kl (oil equivalent) in the household sector compared to that before conducting related measures, and to this end, efforts for energy conservation by consumers, including the household sector, are important elements for Japan to achieve the energy mix policy.

A variety of products and services is expected to be brought about by the full liberalization of entry into the electricity and gas markets in Japan and consumers may dramatically change their approaches to using energy. Still, even considering its circumstance for introducing the full liberalization of entry into the electricity and gas markets, Japan should develop an environment in which consumers are able to appropriately promote energy conservation efforts, and in this sense, energy providers, in particular, energy retailers directly making contact with consumers could play a significant role in energy conservation.

In light of these points, the study group conducted research and discussions, and on March 30, 2018, compiled its discussion results into a report.

2. Highlights of the report

(1) Ideal approaches to measures taken by electricity utilities that contribute to leveling of electricity demand among consumers

(2) Ideal approaches to providing information by energy providers that contributes to energy conservation by consumers

(3) Ideal approaches to providing energy conservation products and services by energy providers

Appendix

Release date

April 9, 2018

Division in Charge

Energy Efficiency Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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