|26th World Gas Conference in Paris
|JGA Hosts City Gas Symposium 2015
On June 10, the JGA hosted the City Gas Symposium 2015 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. Accordingly, the main theme of this year's City Gas Symposium was "Technological Development in an Era of Reform: Technologies That Provide Continued Support and Open Up New Possibilities," featuring a program that covered a wide variety of fields and perspectives.
The symposium included 29 presentations, a panel discussion (on the future lifestyle that will be created by the combination of ICT and energy), and an exhibition of 68 posters and the JGA's 2 technology grand prizes and 12 technology award winners. It was attended by a total of 1,695 people from city gas utilities, supporting members, and so forth.
This fiscal year, the event started with a keynote speech delivered by Mr. Ichiro Hazama, the general manager of the JGA's Corporate Planning Department, who presented the current state of regulatory reform of the gas industry in Japan by referring to full liberalization of the city gas market and the unbundling of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, and Toho Gas's pipeline and retail departments in near future as well as related future approaches. This was followed by presentations selected by the JGA, beginning with reviews of Tokyo Gas initiatives such as the development of new equipment that lowers costs and improves performance with the Ene-Farm, a residential use fuel cell system, and examples of the use of earthquake disaster prevention-related infrastructure technology for the purpose of enabling safe, disaster-resistant gas supply. After this, presentations were made on the effects of distributed energy using fuel cell systems at the NEXT21 experimental apartment housing project being undertaken by Osaka Gas (energy saving and CO2 reduction, electricity conservation and peak shaving, etc.) as well as methods being used to speed up and optimize technological development through collaboration between various companies in the Osaka Gas group. In addition, Toho Gas presented results relating to co-operative control of fuel, solar, and storage cells used for tests as part of a next-generation energy and social system trial being conducted in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. There were also presentations and poster displays focused on the latest trends in technological development.
|City Gas Sales in FY2014 (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)
FY 2014 domestic gas sales (by 207 city gas utilities) totaled 37,099 million m3 (41.8605 MJ/m3), up 1.1% from the previous fiscal year. The total sales rose for the fifth consecutive year to post a new record high again.
>>> Gas Facts in Japan 2014
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