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On March 21, 2016, Sasakawa USA and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI-APCSS) co-hosted a workshop on the future of renewable energy in the United States and Japan to examine the current status of and explore further opportunities for bilateral collaboration on clean energy. Held at DKI-APCSS in Honolulu, Hawaii, the invitation-only workshop brought together 23 experts representing both private and public stakeholders from Japan and the United States, along with 14 observers.
The goal of the workshop was to explore opportunities for bilateral cooperation in advancing the most promising renewable energy technologies. Toward that end, the program consisted of three panel discussions on renewable energy production, storage, and distribution. The workshop also included a keynote speech from the U.S. Pacific Command’s director of resources and assessment on approaches to address energy security, resilience, and sustainability at military installations via deployment of micro grids powered by renewable energy. The workshop concluded with a seminar exercise in which the participants examined the day’s discussion to determine challenges and opportunities for further collaboration as well as recommend a path forward.