Japan to start Smart Grid field tests costing over $1 Billion

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that it will conduct field tests of Smart Grid in four regions of Japan.

It is planning to start the tests with about 5,000 households in the summer of 2010. Also, a total of 4,000 to 5,000 electric and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles will be used.

“The cost of the field tests will exceed ¥100 billion (approx US$1.08 billion),” said Teruhiko Masiko, Vice Minister of METI, at the council. “Smart Grid is the core of our national strategies.”

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