Need of nuclear power

 In order to ensure stable supply of electricity in the future, we consider nuclear power generation as an essential power source with keeping in mind that "safety should come first." Proper energy mix is important for our country with a low energy self-sufficiency rate from a perspective of "energy security," "economy" and "environmental conservation" and nuclear power generation is required to continuously play an important role as a base load generation resource.

Energy mix

 Electric utilities have a social mission of ensuring stable supply of low-cost and high-quality electricity.
 Proper energy mix is of importance for supply of electricity that supports daily life and the industry from a perspective of "S+3Es" to simultaneously achieve "energy security," "economy" and "environmental conservation" with "putting highest priority on safety."
 In addition, it is crucial to produce power based on a well-balanced combination of various generation resources that makes good use of their respective characteristics including economic efficiency, easy responsiveness to changes of electricity demand, etc., in order to satisfy the changing power demand every moment.

Idea of energy mix (S+3Es)

Idea of energy mix (S+3Es)

Combination of generation resources according to demand change

Combination of generation resources according to demand change

Generation mix of Hokuriku Electric Power Company

 Hokuriku Electric Power Company's generation mix is characterized by a higher ratio of hydroelectric power generation that capitalizes on plentiful water resources in the Hokuriku region and the ratio is ranked No. 1 nationwide.
 After the Great East Japan Earthquake, Shika Nuclear Power Station has stopped its operation and thermal power stations instead operate at a higher availability factor since then. We steadily work on restart of Shika Nuclear Power Station, construction of our first LNG-fired power generation facility, and development of renewable energy sources in view of cost-effectiveness for further diversification of generation resources.

Component ratio of electricity generated of Hokuriku Electric Power Company (component ratio to our retail power demand)

Component ratio of electricity generated of Hokuriku Electric Power Company (component ratio to our retail power demand)

- In FY2015, we produced or received no electric power based on nuclear power and LNG.
- "New energy, etc." in FY2015 includes 2% of "Photovoltaics, wind power, etc. (FIT electricity)," less than 1% of "Photovoltaics, wind power, etc. (excluding FIT electricity)," less than 1% of "Electric power received from Japan Electric Power Exchange*1" and less than 1% of "Others*2."

Changes in power generation facilities (number of facilities and approved output capacity)

Changes in power generation facilities (number of facilities and approved output capacity)

Note: FIT electricity means the electricity produced by hydroelectric power, photovoltaics, wind power, etc. and procured under the Feed-in Tariff Program. For your information, the total value of FIT electricity in FY2015 amounted to 3%.

 *1 This includes the electricity produced by hydroelectric power, thermal power and nuclear power and renewable energy, in addition to FIT electricity.
 *2 The electricity which was procured from other electric utilities and whose generation resource is unknown falls under "Others."
 *3 The component ratio in FY2015 was calculated under the "Guidance on Retail Power Business (January 2016)" established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Efforts for Early Restart and Safe and Stable Operation of Shika Nuclear Power Station

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