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International Smart Grid Action Network Public Workshop in Yokohama “Toward the Integration of Smartgrids and Renewables”

February 17, 2016

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) jointly organize a one-day international workshop on the integration of smart grids and renewables.

ISGAN, organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids, under a framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA) creates a mechanism for multilateral government-to-government collaboration to advance the deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices, and systems and to promote adoption of related enabling government policies. NEDO participates in ISGAN as a Japanese representative with METI, and is hosting the ISGAN’s 11th Executive Committee meeting in Yokohama, where decision makers from 25 participating countries will gather to share information, knowledge and experience.

The workshop is focusing on the integration of smartgrids and renewables, gathering a wide variety of speakers from all over the world and enhancing the discussion grounded on the up-to-date activities and issues.

Global speakers and participants around 20 countries of the ISGAN community, as well as the energy experts from ASEAN countries will join.* The large number of participants from Japan such as the policy experts, the industry leaders, and the energy technology professionals of R&D and dissemination.

*Confirmed participants from ISGAN community from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland etc., Confirmed global speakers from Malaysia, Philippine, India, Asian Development Bank, Global Smart Grid Federation, etc.

Taking this opportunity, participants would have a better understanding of the value that smarter, cleaner electricity systems can bring, improve best practice exchange, enhance opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, and address gaps in related knowledge and tools.

This event is also supported by the Japan Smart Community Alliance, and the Global Smart Grid Federation.

About Workshop


08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:00

Welcome Speeches

  • ・Mr. Katsushi Takehiro, Director, International Affairs Office, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • ・Mr. Kazuo Furukawa, Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan
  • ・Mr. Michele de Nigris, Chair, International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)
10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Speeches

  • ・Mr. Norihiko Nomura, Executive Director, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama, Japan
  • ・Dr. Yongping Zhai, Technical Advisor (Energy), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:45

Session 1: Experiences in Asian Countries for Integration of Smart Grids and Renewables

  • ・Mr. Gyuseon AN, Smart Grid Business team, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Korea
  • ・Mr. Ir Zamri Laton, Deputy Director, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia
  • ・Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), India /TBD
  • ・Mr Eugene Toh, Director (Policy), Energy Market Authority (EMA), Singapore

Round Table Discussion – Moderator – Dr. Kaoru Yamaguchi, Senior Research Fellow, Assistant Director, New and Renewable Energy & International Cooperation Unit, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:45

Session 2: Achievements in Europe and US for Integration of Smart Grids and Renewables

  • ・Mr. Rémy GARAUDE VERDIER, ERDF/ GRID4EU Coordinator & Smart Grids Project Manager, France
  • ・Mr. Magnus Olofsson, Senior Advisor, Swedish Energy Research Centre, Sweden
  • ・Mr. Ewald Hesse, Grid Singularity, Austria
  • ・Dr. Satoshi Morozumi, Director General, Smart Community Department, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan
  • ・Mr. Russ Conklin, Policy Analyst, Department of Energy, United States

Round Table Discussion – Moderator –Mr. Makoto Watanabe, Executive Director of NEDO/Vice Chair, Global Smart Grid Federation(GSGF)

15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00

Session 3: Enabling Technologies and Smart Grid Solutions Focused on the Needs of Integration of Smart Grids and Renewables in Emerging Markets

  • ・Mr. Hiroki Yamamoto, Manager, International Business Division, CTI Engineering Co., Ltd., Japan
  • ・Mr. Kazuhiko Hanaoka, General Manager, Power & Social Infrastructure Group, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Japan
  • ・Dr. Shuichi Ashidate, Vice President, TEPCO Research Institute/ General Manager, R&D Department, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan
  • ・Mr. Shouhe Zhao, Chief Representative, State Grid Japan Representative Office, China

Round Table Discussion – Moderator – Dr. Kazuhiko Ogimoto, Project Professor, Energy System Integration, The University of Tokyo

18:00 - 18:15

Closing Remarks

  • ・Mr. Yoji Arikura, Director General, Smart Community Department, NEDO