Energy: Once Again the Integration with Mexico

In a new attempt, the authorities of the Regional Electricity Market announced the beginning of the feasibility study for the creation of a market through which electricity can be commercialized between Central America and the North American country.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Currently, Guatemala is the only country in the Northern Triangle that directly commercializes energy with counterparts in the Mexican market. According to reports, El Salvador has also shown interest in buying energy from the northern country, but through the Regional Electricity Market (MER).

This is not the first time the subject has been considered. In 2016, the beginning of negotiations was announced to evaluate the legal mechanisms that would be needed to achieve the integration.

See "Guatemala is selling more energy to Mexico"

Representatives of the Consejo Director del Mercado Eléctrico Regional (CDMER) reported that the general design of the framework to be established in the electrical integration between Mexico and Central America was launched.

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In this regard, Edgardo Calderon, executive secretary of CDMER, explained to Elmundo.sv "... that an international firm has already been hired to develop the stages of the general design of the possible Mexico-Siepac electrical relationship. So that the governments of Central America have an idea of the technical and economic feasibility of creating a market."

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Calderon added that integration "... could be given through the Framework Agreement although 'it is possible that there will be a simultaneous change in the regulations of Mexico and Central America to achieve harmonization enough to exchange energy. The depth or the way of doing it is what we are studying."

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