News Releases 2019Meiden switches to electricity with zero CO2 emission at its R&D Center and another facility

Meidensha Corporation (Meiden) started procuring electricity in November from an effectively renewable energy source, certified as non-fossil fuel energy*1 and accompanied by the tracking information of the energy under the Feed-in Tariff Scheme for Renewable Energy (FIT)*2, for two of its facilities. The power is generated at Choshi Shiosai Wind Farm in Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture, a plant operated by M Winds Co., Ltd., a Meiden subsidiary. Through this undertaking, the R&D Center and Osaki Kaikan hall, both located in Osaki, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, will emit zero CO2 that accompanies electricity consumption.

Under “The First Meiden Environment Vision,” Meiden aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas in its business activities by 30 percent (compared to fiscal 2017 level), with the target year being the fiscal 2030. In this context, Meiden has adopted energy-saving efforts, while introducing renewable energy, to achieve decarbonization.

Meanwhile, M Winds generates wind power, but the energy from the renewable energy source cannot be regarded as non-CO2-emitting electricity in Japan because it is sold under the FIT. To address the situation and make this undertaking possible, Meiden decided to collaborate with the Tokyo-headquartered TEPCO Energy Partner (EP), Inc., which buys electricity from Choshi Shiosai Wind Farm under the FIT. The electricity now is certified as non-fossil fuel energy and has the tracking information about the wind farm (the type of energy source and the site of energy generation) before supplying to Meiden’s R&D Center and Osaki Kaikan. The certificate showing “values of not emitting CO2” was procured from the Non-Fossil Fuel Energy Value Trading Market. This allows Meiden to regard electricity consumed at the two facilities as zero CO2 emitter, because it is originated from Choshi Shiosai Wind Farm.

Furthermore, the use of the non-fossil fuel energy certificate with the tracking information can be compatible with RE100, an international initiative aimed at using 100 percent renewable energy for the needs of business. It also widens the options for effectively using existing wind power stations.

At a time when demand for renewable energy is rapidly increasing to attain decarbonization, Meiden will strive to reduce the environmental burdens imposed by its business activities and provide products and services that contribute to the creation of a sustainable society.

■Wind power generation by M Winds, Inc.
The firm operates and provides maintenance services to the following wind forms, which sell electricity to TEPCO EP, Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Hokuriku Electric Power Co.

*1 Non-Fossil Fuel Energy Certificate
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry certifies electricity’s environmental values for not having emitted CO2 during the power generation. It has been traded at the Japan Electric Power Exchange from May 2018. From March 2019, a demonstration experiment started adding the tracking information (to identify types of energy sources and where power is generated) to the certificate.

*2 Feed-in Tariff Scheme for Renewable Energy (FIT)
The scheme mandates electric utility firms to buy electricity from renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass) for a certain period. The system started in July 2012 and is aimed at proliferating the use of renewable energy.

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