Indicating how border-less the global economy is becoming,Kansas and Idaho have begun a regulatory partnership with CentralAmerica to promote energy interests.

The U.S. Energy Association (USEA) said yesterday that theU.S.-Central America partnership will coordinate the Association ofRegulatory Agencies of Central America (ACERCA), the KansasCorporation Commission (KCC) and the Idaho Public UtilitiesCommission (IPUC). Funding will come from the U.S. Agency forInternational Development, the foreign assistance arm of the U.S.government. Central American countries in the partnership includeGuatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.

The two-year partnership will involve a series of exchangevisits in the states and Central America, which will focus on howto encourage the use of energy efficiency and renewables, qualityassurance and efficiency; and rates and regulatory procedures.TheEnergy Association established the program to develop electricutility and regulatory partnerships between developing countryutilities and regulatory agencies and their U.S. counterparts.

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