U.S., Canada, Mexico start sharing energy information

The Energy Minister and Secretaries from Canada, Mexico, and the United States said recently that they are launching a framework for sharing energy information for North America that can be displayed in English, French and Spanish.

The website, which has links to three countries’ energy statistical agencies can be found at http://www.nacei.org/en/.

Energy officials from the three countries started working on the framework for for trilateral consultation and sharing of energy information for the North American region in December 2014. A robust collaboration effort was launched to:

• Improve respective energy import and export data;

• Share publicly available geospatial information related to energy infrastructure;

• Exchange views and projections on cross-border energy flows;

• Develop a cross reference for terminology, concepts, and definitions.

The United States section links to a page on EIA’s beta website specifically focused on the goals of the trilateral, with public information on trade statistics, static and interactive maps, results of a trilateral energy outlook project that applied common assumptions within the modeling frameworks used by each country, and a cross reference for energy terminology in all three languages, EIA said Feb. 16.

Canada, Mexico, and the United States plan to convene working groups to validate trade statistics for liquid fuels, natural gas, and electricity, as well as to work to reconcile trade data discrepancies. The working groups will continue validation of geographic information system (GIS) data and will expand energy infrastructure maps to include additional elements and functionality. The three countries will also maintain regular consultations on outlooks for energy markets.

The primary participating agencies include the Department of Natural Resources, Statistics Canada, and the National Energy Board from Canada; the Secretaría de Energía (SENER) (Secretariat of Energy), Comisión Reguladora de Energía, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, Petróleos Mexicanos, Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Centro Nacional de Control de Gas Natural, Centro Nacional de Control de Energía, and the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) (National Institute of Statistics and Geography) from Mexico; and the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Office of Fossil Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Census Bureau from the United States.

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