U.S.-JAPAN RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

Tokyo, Japan

February 23, 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is seeking representatives from 25 qualified U.S. companies to join Japanese industry counterparts for a U.S.-Japan Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable on Monday, February23 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan is proceeding with the implementation of a Feed-in-Tariff system to promote the use of renewable energy, and undertaking electricity market reforms to deregulate the energy sector. These developments provide new market opportunities for U.S. firms in the renewable energy and energy management sectors. The U.S.-Japan Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable is an opportunity to meet with senior level Japanese officials and representatives of Japanese companies to learn about and exchange views on these market developments. Senior level officials from DOC, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will attend the Roundtable to provide policy updates, as well as to ensure that the exchange of views among the companies will be taken into consideration in the U.S-Japan Clean Energy Policy Dialogue (CEPD) that will be held during the same week and in other bilateral meetings throughout the year.

The Roundtable supports ITA’s commitments contained in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) Export Initiative, which aims to significantly increase U.S. RE&EE exports under the National Export Initiative.

Background:

In December 2012, agencies of the Governments of the United States and Japan – DOE, DOC, and METI – convened the first bilateral Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable in Tokyo. Held in conjunction with the CEPD, the Roundtable allowed the private sector to explore areas of mutual concern and share with government officials their experiences with the policy landscape of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The second Business Roundtable took place in December 2013 in Livermore California.

The third Roundtable is conveniently scheduled concurrent to World Smart Energy Week (WSEW)in Tokyo (February 25-27), a DOC-certified trade show, providing firms attending the Business Roundtable an opportunity to also participate in the year’s largest smart energy-related Trade Show in Japan. REED, the organizer of WSEW, will provide Roundtable participants above the division manager level with WSEW VIP passes and will arrange for these Roundtable participants to attend the Keynote/Special Sessions at WSEW 2015. 

Structure:

The Roundtable will be a daylong event.

  • Plenary session of presentations on the status of the renewable energy markets in Japan and the United States.
  • Breakout discussion sessions on topics related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, and energy management. Companies interested in doing so may be able to make presentations during the breakout sessions.
  • Evening Reception at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

Goals of Participation:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the changing Japanese policy and regulatory landscape with respect to REⅇ
  • Interact with Japanese policymakers and private sector representatives active in the RE&EE sector;
  • Provide perspectives on how to increase U.S.-Japan business partnerships in the RE&EE sector; and
  • Enhance the bilateral CEPD by identifying key policy issues and sharing best practices.

Topics to Be Covered:

  • Renewable Energy Integration
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Electricity Market Reform

Participation Requirements:

All parties interested in participating in the Roundtable must complete and submit an application package for consideration by ITA. All applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 15 and maximum of 25 companies will be selected to participate in the Roundtable from the applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business in Japan as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter the Japanese market for the first time may apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received. Selected companies will be contacted with information about the final agenda and payment of the fees.

The Roundtable and related events may be cancelled at any time by the Department of Commerce and all contributions refunded. If, for any reason, a participant cancels their participation prior to the Roundtable, the Department of Commerce, at its sole discretion, and upon its determination that it would be consistent with its authorities, may allow a partial refund of the contributed fee.


Fee for 1st participant:
$700 for large company, $500 for SME

$500 for any additional representatives

Deadline to Apply: February 6, 2015


Applications reviewed on a rolling basis

beginning on or about January 20, 2015

Apply early - space is limited!

Exclusions & Expenses:

The conference fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, incidentals, local ground transportation, and air transportation to/from the event location.

How to Apply:

Apply here: http://export.gov/trademissions/japanreee/

In addition, the applicant must send an e-mail to Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov addressing how he/she satisfies the four selection criteria listed below:

1) Whether the applicant represents a U.S. company that fits one of the following profiles:

  • Companies that manufacture technology or provide services in the renewable energy sector (particularly solar);
  • Developers of renewable energy projects with global experience;
  • Local utilities who are willing to share their experience with domestic policies; and
  • Companies active in the smart grid and energy efficiency industries.

2) The applicant’s interest in the Japanese RE&EE sector;

3) The applicant’s ability to identify and discuss policy issues relevant to U.S. competitiveness in the renewable energy or smart grid sectors;

4) Consistency of the applicant’s experiences and background with the stated scope of the event (see “Topics to Be Covered”).

Companies will be considered on a rolling basis, so apply soon.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Danius Barzdukas

Japan Desk/Office of East Asia and APEC

Phone: 202-482-1147

Email: Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov