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20 February 2012

Policy Committee Hears from Energy Suppliers: FEPC Explains Energy

Supply and Demand since Fukushima NPS Accident, with Rise in Thermal

Power

On February 14, a meeting was held of the fundamental policies committee under the

Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy of Japan’s Ministry of Economy,

Trade and Industry (METI). The committee, headed by Chairman Akio Mimura of the

Nippon Steel Corporation, first dealt with the topic of energy-saving and power-saving

measures, an issue carried over from the previous meeting five days earlier. It then

heard from major energy suppliers, including the Federation of Electric Power

Companies (FEPC), and discussed six key points on energy security raised by six of its

members.

FEPC Chairman Makoto Yagi made a presentation at the meeting. Advocating the

basic principle of “S+3E”—namely, the conventional three E’s of energy security,

economy and environmental protection, plus safety—he asked the committee for a

“comprehensive, quantitative discussion, including a time factor” on the best mix of

power sources. Indeed, that was the mission assigned to the committee.

As for nuclear energy, Yagi said that Japan’s nuclear industry had made a serious

reflection of the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

(NPS), owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TEPCO), and urged that “nuclear

power be firmly regarded as part of the best-mix of power sources, as it has been in the

past.”

Regarding the state of supply and demand since the accident, Yagi said that the

thermal power’s share of in total generated electricity increased from about 49% in

FY10 to about 72% in December 2011, which was “very tough.” He explained the

efforts being made by individual power utility companies on both the supply and

demand sides, as well as the power utility industry as a whole (see table below).

He then emphasized the need to ensure human resources in the industry, also calling

for efforts to enhance safety. He went on to explain the significance of the nuclear fuel

cycle, and talked about the introduction of renewable energies and of improving

efficiency in thermal power. Yagi said it was “important to realize a balanced energy mix

based on the advantages and disadvantages of each energy source.”

Month

& Year

Share of Nuclear and Thermal Power in Total Generated Electricity (%)

FY2010 April May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

(Apr 2011

‘10-Mar

'11)

Nuclear 27.5 24.7 21.3 17.6 14.9 11.4 9.5 9.4 9.8 6.6

Thermal 49.1 52.6 54.3 57.0 59.6 63.8 63.4 66.4 68.4 72.2

※ Compiled on the basis of FEPC’s presentation materials

In addition, the petroleum and natural gas industries presented the advantages they

offer, such as dispersed energy sources available in emergencies.

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20 February 2012

In discussions on energy security—in addition to the requirements of stable supply—

nuclear energy was discussed from the viewpoints of international contributions and

responsibilities, including the continuation of technology in anticipation of an increasing

number of new nuclear reactors to be constructed in emerging countries and the

exporting of safe, reliable plants.

The necessity to consider and reflect a “theory of civilization” was also noted, given that

“human security” is being cited in the wake of the accident, with many non-sciencerelated

scholars speaking out against nuclear power.

Editor: Hisako Sakurai, JAIF

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