GOVERNOR PATRICK JOINS MASSACHUSETTS’ ENERNOC AND JAPAN’S MARUBENI CORPORATION FOR JOINT VENTURE ANNOUNCEMENT IN TOKYO
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Governor Deval Patrick today joined representatives from Massachusetts’ EnerNOC, Inc. and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation to announce that the companies are forming a joint venture, named EnerNOC Japan, KK, to provide demand response in Japan.
"We are in Japan because we know that if we want to sharpen our edge in the innovation economy, we must strengthen our existing relationships and build new ones," said Governor Patrick. "EnerNOC Japan, KK is a testament that our strategy is working and that Massachusetts is competing on the global playing field."
Governor Patrick attended the signing ceremony at a clean energy event at the Tokyo American Club, as part of the Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission, which aims to strengthen the Commonwealth's relationships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore in order to create growth and opportunity throughout Massachusetts.
Boston-based EnerNOC is the world’s largest provider of commercial and industrial demand response. This joint venture will build upon successful past collaborations between the firms in Japan. The two companies today also announced their award of a government-sponsored demand response program with Japan’s largest utility, the Tokyo Electric Power Company.
“Massachusetts is home to a robust clean energy industry thanks to companies like EnerNOC,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan. “We are thrilled that EnerNOC is expanding Massachusetts’ presence in the Japanese market and we believe today’s agreement will help grow our economy at home as well.”
“Seeing home-grown Massachusetts firms like EnerNoc spread their technology and innovation to new markets like Japan reinforces Massachusetts' leadership on the global cleantech stage,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton.
“Both EnerNOC and Marubeni believe that the Japanese market is ripe for demand response. There is growing national attention in Japan on intelligent buildings and smart grids, and an increased focus by utilities and policymakers on the importance of demand-side management,” said David Brewster, President of EnerNOC, from Tokyo while on the mission to Japan with Governor Patrick. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with one of the world’s leading energy firms.”
From December 7-17, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick is leading a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on the Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnerships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and region for economic development and job creation in the innovation, life sciences, financial services, clean tech and transportation sectors.