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Selection of Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Areas

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) called for project proposals to select areas to conduct demonstrations of next-generation energy and social systems. The submitted proposals were reviewed in consideration of the opinions of experts in the Conference on the Next-Generation Energy and Social System. As a result, Yokohama City, Toyota City, Kyoto Prefecture (Kansai Science City) and Kitakyushu City were selected as areas for demonstration projects.

1. “Demonstration of Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems” is a program positioned as an initiative to promote the construction of a Japanese-version smart grid and its introduction overseas, which are goals set forth in the government’s growth strategy, under the topic of “strategy for becoming an environment and energy power through green innovation.”

2. METI called for project proposals for this program and reviewed the submitted proposals in consideration of the opinions of experts in the Conference on the Next-Generation Energy and Social System. As a result, the following areas were selected as “Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Areas”:
Yokohama City, Toyota City, Kyoto Prefecture (Kansai Science City), Kitakyushu City

3. These areas will develop their master plans based on their proposals, while taking into account the discussions at the Conference on the Next-Generation Energy and Social System

(For reference) Requirements for “Demonstration of Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems”

  • Ambitious targets for energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction
  • Large-scale introduction of renewable energy
  • Establishment of an energy management system for each site of energy consumption and at a regional level
  • Establishment of a complementary relationship between regional energy management and a large-scale network
  • Efficient use of energy in a transport system that includes next-generation vehicles and railways
  • Participation of not only the local government but also energy-related companies, system manufacturers, and local companies
  • Participation of users (households, buildings, commercial facilities, local companies, etc.) exceeding the specified number
  • Ensured sustainability
  • Project scale
  • Lifestyle innovation
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Release Date

April 8, 2010

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New Energy Creation Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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