The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO) today received approval from
the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry to apply a photovoltaic generation
surcharge on all customer electricity bills from April 1, 2010 under the New
Purchase System for Solar Power-Generated Electricity. TEPCO submitted
a request for approval concerning the definition of supply conditions outside
the scope of general supply agreements on January 22, 2010, and the request
was approved as is.
With respect to last resort supply agreement and wheeling service agreement,
TEPCO also submitted a notification and a special authorization request
concerning photovoltaic generation surcharge application on January 22, 2010.
The authorization was granted today for wheeling service agreement as requested.
The New Purchase System for Solar Power-Generated Electricity was launched
on November 1, 2009, pursuant to the Law on the Promotion of the Use of Nonfossil
Energy Sources and Effective Use of Fossil Energy Materials by Energy
Suppliers and other related laws (hereinafter "the laws").
The cost to purchase solar power-generated electricity under this system
is to be borne by all electricity users, including those receiving a supply
of high-voltage or special high-voltage electricity, in the form of a
"photovoltaic generation surcharge". The supplier must calculate the photovoltaic
generation surcharge amount for individual customers according to their electricity
usage,based on the unit photovoltaic generation surcharge calculated every year
pursuant to agreements of the laws. This amount will be added to monthly
<Calculation of electricity charges (for metered system)>
Here is the unit photovoltaic generation surcharge for FY 2010 (applicable
to bills for April 2010 to March 2011) decided through deliberation by
the Purchase System Subcommittee (a joint subcommittee of the New and Renewable
Energy Subcommittee and the Electricity Industry Committee of the Advisory
Committee for Natural Resources and Energy),which acts as an advisory body
of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
*The same applies to customers receiving high-voltage or special high-voltage