Mexico's energy ministry signed a cooperation agreement with the state of Utah on Monday.
The agreement involves the creation of a working group consisting of members of the government, industry and academia to boost information exchange and innovation, and promote investment opportunities.
Utah and Mexico's Baja California region are both connected to the Western Power Grid and Mexico's federal electricity utility CFE and the Utah Office of Energy Development are members of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which oversees bulk electricity service in the region.
Mexico has six permanent interconnections for the import and export of electricity to and from the US. Of these three – Tijuana-Miguel, La Rosita-Imperial Valley and Piedras Negras-Eagle Pass – fall under the WECC. Another three – Cumbres Frontera-Planta Frontera, Cumbres Frontera-Railroad and Nuevo Laredo-Laredo – fall under the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
The largest of the connections under WECC supervision are the 800MW Tijuana-Miguel and La Rosita-Imperial Valley ones supplying Mexico's northern Baja California region, which is isolated from the national grid. The Mexican government announced a tender for an interconnection between Baja California and the Mexican grid in December.
Mexico also has two interconnections with Central America, Xulha-West with Belize and Tapachula-Brillantes with Guatemala.