October 21, 2019
On November 1, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the first meeting on the Platform for Distributed Energy Systems as an opportunity for related players to jointly create new value. This initiative aims to promote utilization of distributed energy systems, including a new model in which the consumer side and the supply side integrally make use of renewable energy.
In recent years, global society and Japan have been facing several types of trends that are expected to cause innovative changes in conventional energy demand-supply structures, in particular, in electricity demand-supply. Specifically, they have been facing the following changes: [i] steep decline of the costs involved in photovoltaic power generation, [ii] development of innovations (digital technologies) and probability of structural transition of social systems (electricity systems), [iii] advancement of electricity system reforms, [iv] consumers demanding renewable energy and actions for meeting the demand (RE100, SDGs, etc.) and [v] people’s request for enhanced resilience of electricity supply systems placing eyes on natural disasters whose frequent occurrence is expected.
Moreover, as a coming event, the predetermined ten-year contracts between household consumers and electricity utilities for the unities’ purchasing of photovoltaic power generated by the consumers under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme will start to expire from November 2019. This is expected to bring about opportunities for the consumer side to shift approaches from selling t, which had been a premise of their electricity generation, to personalconsumption; and for the supply side to build a new business model taking advantage of inexpensive excess power sources.
These structural changes have been generating a great shift in electricity systems from the conventional ones in which large electricity utilities connect large-scale power sources and consumer areas with power grids to new ones in which distributed energy resources are flexibly utilized. In this trend, electricity utilities have been requested to further promote the dissemination of a new electricity model in which the consumer side and the supply side integrally make use of renewable energy, called a “distributed energy model,” at the respective levels of [i] household consumers and large consumers and [ii] regional areas. This approach is also considered important from the standpoint of regional vitalization.
2. Outline of the Platform for Distributed Energy Systems
Some challenges are seen in creating new businesses involving the distributed energy model: [i] approaches to making the value of renewable energy visible, [ii] those to disseminating technologies for energy integration and other core technologies, e.g., storage batteries, electric vehicles (EVs) and virtual power plants (VPPs), [iii] those to harmonizing the model with the existing electricity systems and schemes, and [iv] those to achieving horizontal utilization of electricity taking advantage of grid power-supply cables, e.g., regional micro-grids. METI considers it important for the public and private sectors, in collaboration with each other, not only to accurately analyze these challenges but also to foster environments in which players involved in the field of distributed energy systems are able to jointly create new value.
Reference: Excerpts from the third intermediate report released in August 2018 by the Subcommittee on Mass Introduction of Renewable Energy and Next-Generation Electricity Networks of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy
II.1.(2) Promotion of a new model in which the consumers side and the supply side integrally make use of renewable energy; (iv) Developing a platform
“(text omitted) Businesses and municipalities, which are stakeholders involved in a new model in which the consumers side and the supply side integrally make use of renewable energy, should hold discussions on developing a platform on which these stakeholders are able to match needs and technical seeds and conduct other efforts and to lead the platform to contributing to the promotion of new businesses.”
To these ends, METI and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) decided to jointly provide a series of opportunities for players from a wide variety of fields, including electricity utilities, energy service providers, housing manufacturers, mobility-related businesses, consumers of renewable energy, municipalities, regional new electricity utilities and financial institutes, to meet together, share information on case examples of related efforts and hold discussions on challenges so that these players from a wide variety of fields are able to create new value for each other.
The first meeting will streamline points of contention for discussions through making presentations on distributed energy systems alongside the explanations of case examples thereof, and the second and following meetings will provide participants with opportunities for holding discussions on individual points of contention.
This initiative is part of the activities by the Collaboration Team for the Creation of Regional Circulatory Symbiosis and Establishment of Distributed Energy Systems, a body jointly established by METI and MOE on April 12, 2019.
3. Details of the first meeting
(1) Date and time:
November 1 (Fri.), 2019; from 14:00 to 16:30 (doors will open at 13:30)
Large Hall, Tokyo Convention Hall (5th floor of Tokyo Square Garden; 3-1-1 Kyobashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
(3) Program (tentative)
Presentations on case examples of related efforts
Sony Corporate Services (Japan) Corporation; Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., AEON Co., Ltd., and Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
(in random order; a few other companies and associations are scheduled to make presentations)
Presenting points of contention toward the second meeting
Future approaches to advancing discussions
- Closing remarks
(4) Expected participants: Personnel in charge of distributed energy systems in companies, municipalities and other entities
Capacity: 200 (if up to three applicants or so by company or association are registered)
(5) Admission: Free
If you wish to attend the meeting, visit the following website and send a completed application form for prior registration by 18:00, October 28 (Mon.), 2019.
Note: Information you have submitted in filing an application form will be processed under METI’s Rules for Protection and Management of Personal Information as well as MOE’s Rules for Protection and Management of Stored Personal Information and the ministries will never make use of such information for other purposes than administration of participants in the platform and communications with them concerning information on the platform.
Please note that acceptance of applications may be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached. Japan Research Institute, Limited, the company to which MOE has commissioned the operation of the meetings, will send the results of the application by email to all applicants by October 31 (Thur.), 2019, on whether or not the applicant is permitted to participate in the meeting.
4. Press coverage
If you wish to report the meeting for press coverage, file an application form to complete a prior registration according to the following procedure.
(1) How to apply
Send an email or facsimile to the following address with the following information with the title of “Application for press coverage at the first meeting on the platform for distributed energy systems” as well as with information on [i] the name of your company, [ii] the name of the representative of the reporters, [iii] the number of reporters, [iv] use of cameras or not and [v] the contact address. Please note that photo shooting will be permitted only in the beginning of the meeting.
Application reception counter:
Research and Consulting Department, Japan Research Institute, Limited
Personnel in charge: M. Toyoshima, M. Sakiyama, and M. Yasumoto
(2) Closing date
October 30 (Wed.), 2019, at 13:00 (applications must arrive by this time of the date.)
Note: The company will not accept applications after the date and that any persons who have not completed prior registration will not be accepted at the reception counter on the date of the meeting.
5. Future schedules
The ministries are scheduled to hold three meetings in total and the rest of the meetings will be held as below.
Second meeting: Around December 2019 (a group discussion of participants is scheduled to be held.)
Third meeting: Not decided yet
Details on how to make registration for the second and following meetings will be separately released.
Division in Charge
Policy Planning Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy