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Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable Slated for February in Japan

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Administration is seeking representatives from up to 25 qualified U.S. companies to join Japanese industry counterparts for a U.S.-Japan Renewable Energy Policy Business Roundtable Feb. 23 in Tokyo, Japan. Senior level officials from the U.S. departments of Commerce and Energy and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will attend the roundtable to provide policy updates and ensure that the exchange of views among the companies is taken into consideration in the U.S-Japan Clean Energy Policy Dialogue that will be held during the same week. DOC’s Global Markets and U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service will also be available in Tokyo to provide its export counseling services to participating companies.

Those interested in participating in the roundtable must submit by Feb. 6 a completed mission application signed by a company official together with supplemental application materials, including adequate information on their products and/or services, interest in doing business in Japan and goals for participation. Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through its participation in the roundtable are either produced in the United States or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51 percent U.S. content.

In addition, each applicant must address how it satisfies the following selection criteria.

- 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, developers of renewable energy projects with global experience, local utilities willing to share their experience with domestic policies, and companies active in the smart grid and energy efficiency industries

- the applicant’s interest in the Japanese RE&EE sector

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

- the consistency of the applicant’s experiences and background with the stated scope of the event

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