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Dutch energy switching provider to enter Japan market

  • February 16, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

A Dutch company which supports the joint purchase of electricity and gas by resident groups will make a full-fledged entry into the Japanese market this summer. Local governments and other entities will seek participants and make groups and the company will call for bids to decide on suppliers for the groups. The service is said to offer lower [electricity and gas] prices because it eliminates the need for utility companies to outlay for adverting.

 

The service will be provided by the Netherlands’ iChoosr, which specializes in supporting collective purchasing. Municipalities and consumer groups will form communal purchasing groups by calling on residents to participate. iChoosr will take care of a string of works, from suggesting the groups’ requirements, such as the percentage of renewable energy, to electricity and gas companies to deciding on suppliers by tender. If a contract is signed, iChoosr will receive a handling fee from the supplier. (Abridged)

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