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METI Releases Report of Working Group on Classification Standards for Thermal Power Generation

The Working Group on Classification Standards for Thermal Power Generation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy held discussions concerning follow-up efforts for the benchmark system for electricity suppliers, which was revised in FY2015, and necessary systems therefor. METI hereby announces that the working group compiled its discussion results into a report.

1. Background and purpose

Under the Long-term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook (energy mix policy) formulated in July 2015, as an overall average, Japan should achieve the goals of realizing a power generation efficiency equivalent to a combined cycle mode for LNG thermal power generation, and equivalent to ultra-supercritical pressure for coal-fired power generation. To achieve these goals, the outlook requires Japan to promote both new and additional establishment of highly-efficient facilities for thermal power generation in parallel with pausing, abolishing or curbing the operation of inefficient facilities for thermal power generation by assessing efforts by power utility.

In response to the first release of a report in FY2017 on the revised benchmark indices in FY2017 on the benchmark indices for electricity suppliers, which were revised in FY2015, the working group confirmed the current situation of these indices and started discussions concerning the details of the benchmark system focusing on specific issues that the working group has been considering as remaining challenges in FY2015, and on March 30, 2018, the working group compiled its discussion results into a report.

2. Highlights of the report

(1) Streamlining of classification standards for power generation methods

(2) Approaches to power generation efficiencies involving combustion by mixing by-products and biomass

(3) Ascertaining of current situation of combustion by mixing by-products and biomass, etc.

(4) Approaches to joint efforts between power utilities

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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