Japan Begins to Design 'Feed-in Premium' System (page 3)

2019/09/27 12:57
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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In other words, four elements will probably be important for the evaluation of locally-utilized power sources. They are the (1) use of resources and energy existing in communities for power generation, (2) resilience at the time of use, (3) self-consumption and (4) local consumption.

In response to such proposals of METI, a number of committee members said that the definitions are unclear. For example, they said, "As for local power sources, there will possibly be projects that circumvent the system. Especially, the concept of local consumption is unclear, and, therefore, it should be limited to power sources equipped with stand-alone systems that give consideration to self-consumption and resilience because the concept of local consumption is vague" and "Projects that local governments are involved in by using the framework of the Act for the Promotion of Renewable Energy in Rural Areas should be included in locally-utilized power sources."

For the future, discussions over the definition of "locally-utilized power sources" will be activated in addition to discussions about the detailed designs of the systems concerning the FIP and the bidding system. As for solar power generation, how to deal with (1) commercial low-voltage projects with a grid capacity less than 50kW (there are a large number of such projects), (2) farming solar power plants (solar sharing) that temporarily change land category from farmland and (3) mega solar plants that work in cooperation with local governments and use the Act for the Promotion of Renewable Energy in Rural Areas will draw attention.