The Bill Concerning the Introduction of System for Purchasing the Total Amount of Renewable Energy Has Passed

Davis LLP Climate Change & Renewable Energy Bulletin

September 01, 2011

In Japan, in the wake of the serious nuclear event due to the massive earthquakes and tsunami, the use of renewable energy has been receiving remarkable attention from both public and private sectors.

This bulletin reviews the Law on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electrical Utilities which was passed on August 26, 2011 and is expected to be effective July 1, 2012.  The Law obliges electric utilities to purchase the total amount, not limited to 'surplus', of electricity generated from renewable energy sources at a rate and period of time set by the government.