Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill recently traveled to Japan to participate in the Smart Community Summit 2014, where they learned that the county’s Smart Grid project had attracted the attention of Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Midori Matsushima.
Matsushima plans to visit Los Alamos on July 11 to tour the project. Arrowsmith is retiring as head of DPU, but will be on hand to greet the minister.
New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, DPU’s collaborator and major funder on the $52-million project, is under that ministry. Williams-Hill believes that the minister’s interest was sparked by the fact the Los Alamos is the first of NEDO’s projects completed. NEDO has concluded its research on the Smart Grid and Smart House, and the county now owns that infrastructure. NEDO also has projects underway in Canada, Ireland, India, Australia and Hawaii.