Enactment and Enforcing Processes of the Japanese Feed in Tariff Law: Difficulties for Maximizing Renewable's Diffusion while Minimizing National Burden

AuthorKenji Asano
Japanese FIT Law 357
X JEAIL 2 (2017)
Kenji Asano
This paper discusses enactment and enforcing processes of the Japanese renewables
Feed in Tariff (FIT) Law and its amendment of 2017. Thanks to the introduction FIT
in 2012, the installed capacity of renewable energy is growing rapidly. As of 2015,
the renewable electricity ratio in the generated electric power amount of Japan is
14.6 percent. Meanwhile, the levy burden (surcharge) reached JPY 2.1 trillion (aprx.
USD18.7 billion). Through the enactment process of the FIT Law, the upper limit of
the burden initially determined by the Japanese Diet was removed. A fundamental
measure could not be taken to control the installation and the burden since the law does
not allow for revisions on the system based on the results of renewable installation,
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Feed in Tariff, FIT Law, Renewable Energy, Japanese Diet, Article 8
Senior Research Scientist of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI); Lecturer at the
Institute of Innovation Research of Hitotsubashi University. Ph.D. (Kyoto). ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6773-
2981. The author may be contacted at: k-asano@criepi.denken.or.jp/Address: 1-6-1, Ohtemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 100-
8126, JAPAN.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2017.10.2.02
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