Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2003
Date Ended:2012 (June 30th)
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments>Green certificates, Regulatory Instruments>Obligation schemes 
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources
Policy Sector:Electricity
Agency:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)

The RPS (Renewables Portfolio Standard) System is aimed at furthering the use of new energy by annually imposing an obligation on electricity retailers to use a certain amount of electricity from new energy. This amount is established according to retailed electricity quantities, to ensure the stability and suitability of energy supply based on the Special Measures Law Concerning the Use of New Energy by Electric Utilities.

Electricity retailers may choose to meet their obligations from the following options: 

  1. By generating electricity from renewable sources itself.
  2. By purchasing the new energy electricity from another party
  3. By purchasing New Energy Certificates from another party.


Eligible RE electricity to be considered under the RPS requirements was:

  • Solar generation;
  • Wind generation;
  • Biomass
  • medium and small-sized hydro generation (stations up to 1MW capacity)
  • geothermal generation

The RPS scheme eneded in 2012. The scheme was replaced by the Feed-in tariff for electricity from renewable energy sources scheme.

This record is superseded by:Feed-in Tariff for renewable electricity and solar PV auction

Last modified: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:41:51 CEST