Canada, US and Mexico discuss NERC participation


The primary responsibility of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America and develop and enforce reliability standards for the region.

The corporation assesses annually seasonal and long‐term reliability, monitors the bulk power system, and educates, trains, and certifies industry personnel, according to NERC’s website. [Mexico touted to be the largest emerging smart grid market]

The NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental US, Canada, and the northern portion of Mexico’s Baja California state and is subject to oversight by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada.

The meeting was held at the headquarters of the energy regulatory commission (CRE) in Mexico City and was attended by CRE representatives and officials from the national energy control center and the energy ministry, CRE said in a release.

Mexico to install Honeywell smart meters

In other news, Mexico’s state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected Honeywell to help CFE continue modernising and stabilizing grids in east and southeast regions. [No smart meters opt out, votes New Mexico board]

Under the agreement, Honeywell will deploy more than 200,000 smart electricity meters, with communications devices and software analytics tool to seven cities in the utilities east and southeast regions.

Honeywell has to date, provided more than one million meters to CFE since 1992 in a bid to reduce costs and boost energy efficiency for 35 million customers. The deployment includes the rollout of 700,000 smart meters – for residential and commercial customers as part of multiple network upgrades in all of the utility’s 16 regional divisions in Mexico.

According to a release, the work will help the utility reduce costs and enhance service by minimising electricity losses across its transmission network and more quickly identify and respond to power outage.

Says Rob Tupker, president Honeywell Smart Energy, “These new CFE awards are the latest in our expanding base of successful turn-key projects across Mexico.”