Mexican Connection to the Regional Electricity Market

Negotiations have started to evaluate alternatives for integrating the Mexican electricity market into Siepac.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Salvador Lopez, temporary president of the Electric Interconnection System for Central American Countries (SIEPAC) told that in the meeting they will start to assess the legal mechanisms that could be used to realize the integration.

Lopez explained that "...One possible way to make that interconnection is for Mexico to adhere to the Framework Treaty for the Electricity Market in Central America, ratified by the Central American congresses between 1997 and 1998 Lopez explained in Panama in a forum of the Latin American Energy Organization."

See: "Electricity in Central America: Purchases, sales, prices"

Siepac "... covers 1,793 kilometers of lines to transport 300 megawatts, which could double when a second circuit is brought online. The cost of network investments total nearly US $500 million, according to the company that owns the Central transmission line."

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