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Cabinet Decision on the Bill for the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources

November 6, 2018

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

On November 6, 2018, the Cabinet approved the Bill for the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources. The Act stipulates procedures for the harmonization of different interests among various stakeholders relating to development of power generation facilities that utilize maritime renewable energy resources and necessary measures to grant stakeholders licenses to use specific maritime areas over extended periods of time.

1. Background

It is indispensable for Japan, a country with little territory that is entirely surrounded by the sea, to secure long-term stability and efficiency by advancing power generation projects that will use renewable maritime energy. In light of this, it is necessary for Japan to promote the utilization of maritime areas in developing power generation facilities using renewable maritime energy, while maintaining harmonization with other measures and policies related to maritime resources and traffic.

2. Outline of the bill

Future schedule

  1. The Prime Minister is to prepare a draft proposal for basic policies to promote the utilization of maritime areas for the development of power generation facilities using renewable maritime energy resources, and in response, the Cabinet is to approve the policies through a Cabinet Decision.
  2. The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are to hold discussions with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Minister of the Environment and other officials and to have interviews with councils and other associations with stakeholders as members, and based on the results, the two ministers are to designate maritime areas as targets of promotion projects and formulate guidelines for the collection of applicants capable of developing appropriate facilities and for the licensed use of the maritime areas.
  3. Applicant businesses are to submit to the two ministers an action plan concerning their intended use of maritime areas.
  4. The two ministers select the applicant who has submitted the most appropriate plan based on an examination of the details including the final intended price of electricity, and certify the plan.
  5. The selected business is to file an additional request for certification under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme* utilizing the details of the certified plan. In response, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry is to certify the applicant under the scheme.
    Note: The FIT scheme refers to the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities.
  6. The selected business is to request permission for the exclusive use of target maritime areas under the certified plan. In response, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is to issue permission to the business for a period not exceeding 30 years from the date of the permission.

Note: Responsible offices for the bill are: the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. If you have any questions, please contact the Secretariat of Promotion of the Ocean Policy at the Cabinet Office, which serves as the main office of responsibility.

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