Raleigh, N.C., August 20, 2012 — At the invitation of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Elster participated in a "reverse trade mission" with Mexican smart grid stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), an Elster customer and the Energy Regulatory Commission.
Elster, a provider of smart grid systems solutions and a North American manufacturer of electric meters, provided the delegation with an overview of the company. Elster's North American headquarters and home of its North America electricity business unit, Elster Solutions, is located in Raleigh.
Elster announced the expansion of its facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico earlier this year.
The USTDA sponsored the reverse trade mission to familiarize Mexican regulatory and power utility company representatives with the U.S. smart grid regulatory environment and advanced U.S. smart grid technologies and equipment to support the implementation of smart grid projects in Mexico. The schedule included meetings with U.S. companies, U.S. government agencies and trade associations, as well as site visits to electric utilities.
Earlier this year, USTDA awarded a $405,000 grant to CRE to support the development of a regulatory framework for smart grid implementation in Mexico.