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

The Federal international electricity program consists of two elements:

  • Granting Presidential permits for the construction, connection, operation and/or maintenance of electric transmission lines which cross the U.S. international border. The authority to grant Presidential permits is derived from the constitutional power of the President to protect the territorial integrity of the United States.
  • Authorizing exports of electric energy to foreign countries. The authority to regulate the export of electric energy is based on the statutory authority contained in section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (FPA).

Additional Export and Permit Regulations