|•Backgrounds: As energy saving has become a national issue, the government is carrying out energy conservation policies pro-actively to respond to low power reserves.
※ MKE had implemented energy saving regulations from December 15, 2011 to February 29, 2012, by limiting power use during the peak hours (10:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 19:00) not to exceed 90 percent of the average monthly consumption of the same month and same time of the previous year. Any business that violated this rule was punished by a fine for negligence not exceeding three million won as prescribed by Article 78 of Energy Use Rationalization Act and Article 53 of the Enforcement Decree of the Act.
•Main Issue: Company U complained that its energy consumption limit for February was too low to observe the government guidelines. It was because there were five days of production holidays in February of the previous year.
•Request: Because of the company's rising production following the expansion of the business, Company U had no choice but to stop producing to comply with the government new policy. Their request was to exclude those five production holidays of the previous year when calculating the average energy use of the month.