"Electric Power System Reform as the Growth Strategy" by Dr. Hiroshi Takahashi, Research Fellow, Economic Research Center Fujitsu Research Institute, Ltd.
Dr. Takahashi specializes in energy policy with focus on market liberalization, grid unbundling, renewable energy and smart grid. He has actively participated in policy formation as Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office as well as a member of advisory panels of Agency of Natural Resources and Energy. He obtained doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo and master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His former career includes a product planner at Sony Corporation, Deputy Director at IT Policy Office of Cabinet Secretariat, and Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. He taught classes about public policy at Sophia University and Seijo University. He is the author of “Market Liberalization of Electric Utilities” published by Nihon Keizai Shinbun Shuppan-sha in 2011, and “The Politics of Technological Innovation” published by Keiso Shobo in 2009. He wrote many research papers about energy policy, bureaucracy and policy process for academic journals, major newspapers and commercial magazines.
Japanese Government is now trying to reform electric power system which has been closed to competition and divided by region for more than 60 years. Organization for Nationwide Coordination of Transmission Operators will enable variable generators to be integrated into the national power system. Full retail market liberalization will enable consumers to choose competitive suppliers and user-friendly services. Grid Unbundling will not only ensure fair grid access but also expand transmission businesses. Thus, electric power system reform will contribute to the creation of new businesses. In this presentation, updated conditions of the reform will be explained, and possibility of new businesses will be examined.
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden, 10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032