Media Advisory: CSU Center for New Energy Economy, City of Fort Collins Host Forum with Japan America Society May 30

Note to Reporters: The free event is full, but reporters interested in attending should contact Emily Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or


The Japan America Society of Colorado in collaboration with Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy and others will host a free forum on smart grid opportunities between Japan and Colorado.

Because of space limitations, the free event is “sold out.” Lunch begins at 11 with the discussion following at 11:30 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Innosphere, 320 E. Vine Drive.


The discussion will address how Japan is rebuilding after the 2011 tsunami, especially in relation to smart cities, smart grid infrastructure and renewable energies, and examine how Colorado companies can work with Japan in rebuilding efforts. Investment opportunities will also be discussed.

The event is also sponsored by the Japan America Society and the Consulate General of Japan at Denver.

Scheduled speakers:

-Former Gov. Bill Ritter, now director of the Center for New Energy Economy at CSU;
-Bruce Hendee, director of Sustainability, City of Fort Collins;
-Hiromoto Oyama, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Japan at Denver
-Richard K. Clark, a partner in Rothberger Johnson & Lyons in Denver and senior vice president, Japan America Society of Colorado
-Paul Nelson, Senior Advisor, Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and
-Thomas Binet, Asian Pacific trade and investment director for the Colorado International Trade Office.