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Japan to Expand Target Range of Solar Plant Output Control

2019/04/30 16:20
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced its plan to expand the range of targets of output restriction in response to the fact that output control in the service area of Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc (Kyuden) started to rapidly increase in the spring of 2019.

The plan was announced at a meeting of the Grid Working Group (WG) of New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee April 26, 2019.

Specifically, METI showed a plan to apply output control to less-than-500kW solar power plants (excluding plants with an output lower than 10kW) that were connected to power grid under the previous rules, which exclude less-than-500kW solar power plants from output control for a while. And the plan was approved by all the subcommittee members.

METI plans to include the plan in a report on the restructuring of renewable energy-related policies that will be made at a future meeting of the Subcommittee for Introducing Large Amount of Renewable Energy and Next-generation Power Network by the summer of 2019, it said.

In the service area of Kyuden, output control was carried out 26 times in fiscal 2018. In fiscal 2019, output control was conducted 19 times only in April, and it is almost certain that output control will be carried out in the long holiday in late April and early May.