Saturday, November 2, 2013

Retail Competition -- New Entrants to Access Usage Data

METI indicated recently that it plans to require the incumbent electric utilities to provide new entrants with access to electricity user consumption data.  The data is needed in order for new entrants to run simulations and prepare pricing offers, so that retail customers to make comparisons among providers based upon actual consumption.

The government is still working on how to deal with issues about protection of personal information, in light of Japanese hyper-sensitivity about sharing such information.

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