On April 16, an experts’ panel inside the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry put together a draft for revising the current power transmission system, calling for power generation operators to bear some costs needed to repair and maintain power grids. At present, these costs are included into electricity bills that households and factories pay. The ministry will call on both users and power generation operators to shoulder the costs as it is expected to cost more to upgrade power generation facilities.
The draft proposes that power generation operators should bear about 10% of the costs needed to maintain and upgrade power grids. The details will be worked out before the new system will be put in place. A provision will be also made to exempt smaller power generation operators from the new cost-shouldering scheme.
METI will make necessary revisions to law and aim to launch the new system in 2020 or later. (Abridged)