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Nationwide lawyers federation opposes proposed revisions to renewable energy law

  • 2016-02-24 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: February 24, 2016 – p. 2)

 

 The Japan Federation of Bar Associations on Feb. 23 released a position paper opposing proposed revisions to the special act on renewable energy.

 

 The proposed revisions, which were mainly compiled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, call for reviewing the feed-in-tariff program. They omit a provision that prioritizes supplying electricity generated from renewable energy sources to power grids and call for deciding on purchase prices of renewable energy through auctions.

 

 The JFBA argues that the government should set a higher target for introducing renewable energy. On the priority given to electricity generated from renewable sources to power grid connection, it points out “the system is indispensable to facilitate the entry of new players into the market.” It opposes the auction system, as it may make it difficult for smaller operators to win contracts. “The introduction of an auction system will make it difficult to enhance equipment and facilities to generate electricity from renewable sources,” it says.

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