The United States and Mexico urgently need a blueprint to facilitate the large investment necessary to build transmission infrastructure to enable exchange of renewable energy across the border. This would afford both nations a significant reduction in greenhouse and criteria (health-impacting) emissions.
Renewable energy has myriad benefits, including regional energy security, new clean jobs and industries, the potential for cheaper energy prices and reduction in climate change-inducing gases.
While the borderlands generally do not contain a high quantity of local fuel except for some (coal), they are wealthy in all forms of renewable energy. Therefore exchanging this new energy across the border improves the energy security of both the region and the two nations.
NACTS' overall objective of this strategic analysis is to create a roadmap identifying the authority, actor, and activities necessary at all trans-governmental levels to motivate and exchange more renewable energy.
In March 2011, NACTS hosted a Transborder Renewable Energy WORKshop to bring together different but very complementary organizations and their expertise and efforts. The WORKshop materials are available for download under the Resources section to the right including the:
This study is funded by the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP), and the Council of State Governments-WEST through an award from USAID Mexico, U.S. Embassy Mexico.