New Mexico smart grid projects key for Japan
Last year’s nuclear disaster has made New Mexico-based smart-grid projects a key part of Japan’s energy future, said Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki during a visit to Albuquerque.
Fujisaki spent two days in Santa Fe and Albuquerque as part of a week-long tour of New Mexico and Arizona to learn more about the region.
He met separately on Feb. 22 in Santa Fe with Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D–N.M.
On Thursday, he toured a smart-grid project at the Mesa del Sol planned development in south central Albuquerque that Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization is financing as part of a $30 million Japanese investment in energy research and demonstration initiatives in New Mexico.
Fujisaki spoke with the Business Weekly prior to a public reception at the Albuquerque Aquarium hosted by Mayor Richard Berry’s administration.
The ambassador said that, after last year’s earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Japan launched an aggressive effort to look at new technologies and energy sources to meet its electric needs.
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