U.S. trade in electric energy with Canada and Mexico is rising, bringing economic and reliability benefits to the United States and its trading partners. The Office of Electricity is responsible for authorizing exports of electric energy and issuing Presidential permits for the construction, operation, maintenance and connection of electric transmission facilities at the international border. The objectives are to:

  • Issue Presidential permits for international electric transmission lines to enhance the resilience of the North American electric grid
  • Ensure reliability of the domestic electric power supply
  • Collect, analyze, and disseminate information on international electricity trade

The information about international trade in electricity gathered by this section of the Office of Electricity supports economic and reliability analyses that enable all three countries to more fully realize the potential of cooperation in the electricity trade.

Export and Permit Regulations



About the Program
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Export Procedures
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Permit Procedures
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