Gov. Bill Ritter made a pitch to help Denver win its first nonstop flight to Asia during a 10-day trade mission to Japan and China and also promoted the state's renewable energy and biosciences industries.
Ritter and a 40-member delegation returned home without signing any major deals, but the governor said Wednesday they drew interest in how wind and solar energy is being harnessed in Colorado.
Ritter said several companies were interested in opening renewable energy operations in North America, but he didn't provide any details. He said they expect President-elect Barack Obama will make renewable energy part of his economic stimulus package.
Ritter said interest in renewable energy was high even in China, which many experts believe has surpassed the United States as the world's top emitter of greenhouse gases.