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Guidelines Concerning the Management of the Electricity Retail Business Revised

December 27, 2018

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

In light of the proposals formulated by the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission (EGC), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby revised the Guidelines Concerning the Management of the Electricity Retail Business.

1. Outline

In response to the full liberalization of entry of a variety of businesses into the electricity retail market, the guidelines were established in January 2016 to show related businesses the approaches to observing the Electricity Business Act and other relevant laws and regulations and to encourage related businesses to voluntarily engage in appropriate efforts. Following this, the guidelines were revised in July 2016, June 2017 and September 2018 in light of environments and situations around the start of the full liberalization.

In light of the proposals formulated by EGC, METI revised the guidelines in terms of reclaiming business activities that the electricity retailers conduct during the period when electricity consumers are switching their contracted electricity retailers to new ones. This revision aims to further improve the measures for protecting such consumers.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

2. Reference

For details of the EGC proposal, visit the website below.

Division in Charge

Electricity Industry and Market Office, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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