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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyA Working Group for Operating the Feed-in Tariff Scheme to Hold its First Meeting

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) decided to establish a working group for operating the Feed-in Tariff Scheme, as a sub-organization under the New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, aiming to study and discuss improving the current operation of the scheme. The working group will hold the first meeting on February 18 (Tue.), 2014, at METI.

Background and outline

The Feed-in Tariff Scheme* stipulates that the cost that a utility has incurred in purchasing renewable energy should be covered by energy charges collected from electricity users, after deducting the “cost that would be required for producing or procuring electricity corresponding to the amount of electricity produced by renewable energy if such electricity produced by the renewable energy would not have been procured (avoidable cost).”

Under the current operation of the scheme, this avoidable cost is calculated based on the variable cost, taking all power sources, including thermal and nuclear power, into consideration, which is calculated when a general electricity utility assesses the initial cost of the electricity price. However, some entities proposed that METI confirm whether or not there are other methods to calculate the avoidable cost. In response, METI decided to create the working group to study and identify such other methods.

The working group consists of experts and consumer representatives, who are familiar with the electricity field, since the subject to be discussed involves technology and requires a high level of professionalism. In addition, METI has requested that related industries attend meetings of the working group as observers.

Leader of the working group
Dr. Kenji Yamaji - director and chief researcher, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
Members of the working group (in the order of the Japanese syllabary; titles are omitted)
Yumiko Iwafune - associate professor, Collaborative Research Center for Energy Engineering, Institute of industrial Science, the University of Tokyo
Hiroshi Ohashi - professor, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo
Yuko Sakita - journalist, environment adviser, director of the NPO Genki Net for Creating a Sustainable Society
Izumi Sato - lawyer, Sato Izumi Law Firm
Shunpei Baba - associate professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Toshihiro Matsumura - professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
Hirotaka Yamauchi - professor, Graduate School and Faculty of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University
Observers (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)
Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association
Japan Wind Power Association
Ennet Corporation
Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan

The working group will hold several meetings to discuss and compile the results of the meetings before the end of FY2013, expecting the operation of the new scheme to start in FY2014.

Schedule of the first meeting
Date: February 18 (Tue.), 2014; 17:30–19:30
Venue: Conference hall, B2 of METI main building

*Reference: Feed-in Tariff Scheme

For an outline of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme, visit the following website:

Release Date

February 12, 2014

Division in Charge

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

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