|JGA Announces New Board of Directors
|Kumamoto Earthquake and Recovery Works of the City Gas Industry
|For the recovery works of Saibu Gas, the city gas utility supplying in the affected area, Japanese gas utilities worked together earnestly for the rapid restoration of the city gas supply. The JGA restoration teams included personnel 2,676 workers from 22 city gas utilities were engaged in the recovery works such as damaged gas pipe repair, valve opening and closing, emergency city gas supply. As a result of devoted work, the city gas supply was restored in 15 days after the earthquake.|
|City Gas Symposium 2016
On June 1, the JGA hosted the City Gas Symposium 2016 in Tokyo. This symposium is held every year in order for city gas utilities and related parties to share information through presentations on the latest trends in the city gas industry and cutting-edge technological developments. As Japan moves toward full liberalization of its gas and electricity retail markets, the city gas industry is going through a major transitional period; it needs to adapt to changes in the industry environment, create new value, and further improve safety and convenience.
The symposium included 29 presentations, a panel discussion (Defensive measures for huge earthquake - the forefront of earthquake disaster prevention and risk management -), and an exhibition of 80 posters including the JGA's 2 technology grand prizes and 12 technology award winners. It was attended by a total of 1,700 people from city gas utilities, supporting members, and so forth.
The main program was opened with the keynote speech titled "The realization of high-quality life in the full-liberalized energy market". In this keynote speech, actions by existing city gas utilities taking advantage of the experiences of supplying city gas for long years have been introduced as countermeasures for the liberalized city gas market. After the keynote speech, lectures of following three categories attracted a lot of participants. The first category is about new products such as a battery-powered gas leak alarm and the Xair 2, a gas heat pump air-conditioner. The second category is "Smart Energy" including a residential power interchange system and a demand response system. The third category is residential fuel cell and gas co-generation represented by High efficiency SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) and commercial-use SOFC.
In the poster session, JGA carried out a new attempt of electing the top three posters determined by a vote of the participants. Among 80 posters, the poster submitted from Tokyo Gas titled "the development of gas automatic meter reading system utilizing the electric-power smart meter system" won the Best Poster Prize.
City Gas Sales in FY2015 (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016)
FY 2015 domestic city gas sales (by 206 city gas utilities) totaled 36,462 million m3 (41.8605 MJ/m3), down by 1.7% from the previous fiscal year. The total sales volume decreased for the first time in six years while it is the third largest sales volume in the history.
>>> Gas Facts in Japan 2015
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