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NEDO Concluded a Basic Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Slovenia Regarding a Smart Grid and Smart Community Action

November 29, 2016

On November 25, 2016, NEDO signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) regarding a coordinated smart grid and smart community system research and demonstration action with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia. NEDO also signed a Minutes of Meeting (MOM) with the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure.

In addition, NEDO reached agreement on joint implementation of the action and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ELES, d.o.o, the state-owned electric transmission system operator in Slovenia.

In the action, two electric distribution companies in Slovenia will introduce a cloud-based integrated distribution management system (DMS) and distribution units controlled by the DMS. It will demonstrate a voltage control function with advanced power distribution management technology that utilizes information communications technology (ICT) and a restoration function for power outages. The action aims to create a business model for small- to medium-sized electric distribution companies.

At the signing ceremony, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and State Secretary Aleš Cantarutti of the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology signed the MOC, and Chairman Furukawa and State Secretary Klemen Potisek of the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure signed the MOM in the presence of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan Keiji Fukuda and Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Miro Cerar. Chairman Furukawa and CEO of ELES Aleksander Mervar also signed the MOU.

  • Chairman Furukawa at the podium
    Chairman Kazuo Furukawa giving his speech
  • Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia  Cerar  and Chairman Furukawa shaking hands
    Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Miro Cerar (left) and Chairman Kazuo Furukawa
  • Scene of signing the MOM, Chairman Furukawa and State Secretary Potisek of the Ministry of Infrastructure
    Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and State Secretary Klemen Potisek of the Ministry of Infrastructure signing the MOM
  • Scene of signing the MOM, Chairman Furukawa and  CEO of   ELES  Mervar
    Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and CEO of ELES Aleksander Mervar signing the MOU