Japan is in the midst of a great energy transition.
Following the tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, the Japanese government elected to close all 50 of its nuclear plants, drastically altering the direction of its energy future. Shifting away from nuclear power — which served about 30% of the nation’s electricity — has been no small feat. Amazingly, in three short years, Japan has successfully replaced nearly half of its nuclear power capacity with energy efficiency and other conservation measures.
To help highlight the continuing importance of energy efficiency in Japan and across Asia, Opower’s President, Alex Laskey, last week participated in the New Economy Summit in Tokyo alongside other key technology industry leaders, including Larry Ellison of Oracle and Hiroshi Mikitani of Rakuten.