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Release: October 12, 2001

NGK Concludes Contract for Green Power Certification System(Commissions JNEC to Wind Power)

NGK Insulators, Ltd. (President: Masaharu Shibata, Head Office: Nagoya) concluded a contract under the Green Power Certification System with Japan Natural Energy Company Limited (JNEC, President: Takeshi Shoda, Head Office: Tokyo), for trust 2 GWh of wind power-generated electricity per year over a period of 15 years. Through this Green Power initiative, NGK will contribute to preserving the global environment by saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

Green Power Aim

  1. NGK commissioned JNEC for 2 GWh of electricity per year using wind generation over a period of 15 years, starting in January 2002. This is equivalent to the electricity generated in one year by 1 unit of a 1000 kW wind power generator facility.
  2. NGK adopted Green Power as an effective way to save energy and reduce emissions of CO2. Business expansion and new product developments, such as ceramics products and electronics components, can consume a large amount of electricity and are addCO2 rising CO2 emissions.

Contract Outline

  1. NGK commissioned JNEC for 2 GWh of electricity per year using wind generation over a period of 15 years, starting in January 2002. This is equivalent to the electricity generated in one year by 1 unit of a 1000 kW wind power generator facility.
  2. JNEC subcontracts for wind power to producers. Presently the generator is
    Tohoku Natural Energy Development Co., Ltd.
    Noshiro Wind Power Station
    (Noshiro-City, Akita Prefecture)
    Output Power: 14,400 kW (600 kW x 24 units) Scheduled to begin commercial operation in November 2001
  3. JNEC issues a "Certification of Green Power" corresponding to the amount of generated electricity after a neutral third party, the Green Power Certification Council, Japan, verifies the records of natural energy power generation.

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Advantages of Green Power

Wind power emits leCO2than one-tenth the CO2 compared to a typical fossil fuel plant. By introducing Green Power usage of 2 GWh per year, NGK will prevent 806 tons of CO2 (220 tons in carbon conversion) from being released every year.

Outline of the Green Power Certification System

  1. The environmental benefits of energy savings (reduction in fossil fuel use) and reduced CO2 emissions by generating electricity from natural and renewable sources is captured by the Green Power Certification. Companies and organizations can use this system for voluntary energy savings and environmental protection measures. Currently, this is the only system in Japan available to corporate customers.
  2. Specifically, JNEC accepts commissions from corporate customers seeking supplies of renewable energy, such as wind power. JNEC then selects a reliable and efficient natural energy power producer and subcontracts for construction and management of electric generation facilities. A regional electric utility purchases the generated power, and the power producer is assured stable operation through revenue from the utility and corporate customers.
  3. Companies and organizations are able to adopt power from clean, renewable energy without renewed capital investment. The actual record of power generated with renewable energy is certified by a neutral third party, the Green Power Certification Council, Japan, and then a "Certification of Green Power" is issued. Recipients can apply the certification as an achievement toward energy savings and environmental protection.
  4. To date, JNEC has concluded agreements with 24 corporate customers under this system to generate 32.9 GWh of electricity per year (equivalent to the power consumption of approximately 9,000 households) from wind power over a period of 15 years. JNEC has also agreed with three wind power plants on a 15-year contract under which the plant operators will offer a combined total capacity of 23,350 kW as subcontractors.

Outline of Japan Natural Energy Company Limited

1. Established : November 1, 2000
2. Location : Tsukasa Bldg. 2F, 3-6-2 Nishishimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5777-5731
Fax: 03-5777-5732
URL:http://www.natural-e.co.jp/
3. President : Takeshi Shoda (Tokyo Electric Power Company)
4. Capital Stock : 300 million yen (51% investment from Tokyo Electric Power Company)
5. Type of Business : Providing power generation services, mainly to corporate customers using renewable energy sources such as wind power

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