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The Third Japan-US Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable was Held

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) jointly held the Third Japan-US Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable (hereinafter referred to as the “roundtable”).

On February 23, 2015, METI, DOE and DOC held the roundtable at Hotel New Otani Tokyo, aiming to promote Japan-U.S. cooperation and interchange at the public-private level in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart community. On the following day, February 24, the Sixth Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue* was also held.

The roundtable was held with about 120 participants, including 28 government officials and representatives from 52 renewable-energy-related enterprises in Japan and the U.S. (27 Japanese companies and 25 U.S. companies) attending. The participants exchanged views on the latest trends in respective domestic policies concerning renewable energy and liberalization of the electricity market.

Additionally, the participants were separated into two separate sessions focusing on either the electricity transmission/distribution system, or the consumer-related energy system. At each session, they discussed specific topics, including energy storage and smart grids associated with the popularization and expansion of renewable energy, and new business opportunities, e.g., energy management systems and demand-response technologies, as well as the challenges related to these.

Notes:
*1: For the summary of the achievements in the Sixth Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Policy Dialogue, visit the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2015/0305_02.html

2: Citation of documents released or published on the METI website Unauthorized use, transfer and/or alteration of documents released or published on the METI website without permission from the creators of the documents, are strictly prohibited.

For further information, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

March 11, 2015

Divisions in charge

International Affairs Office, Policy Planning Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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