Electricity Imports/Exports - International Electricity Regulation

U.S. trade in electric energy with Canada and Mexico is rising, bringing economic and reliability benefits to the United States and its trading partners. Within the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability the electricity import/export team is responsible for authorizing the export of electric energy and the issuance of permits for the construction, connection, operation, and/or maintenance of electric transmission facilities at the international border.


  • To ensure reliability of the domestic electric power supply
  • To provide burden-free regulatory oversight
  • To collect, analyze, and disseminate information on international electricity trade

Information about international trade in electricity, gathered by this section of the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, supports economic and reliability analyses that will enable countries to more fully realize the potential of cooperation in electric trade.

Electric Current Abroad

Electric Current Abroad is a publication that assists U.S. manufacturers and exporters by listing the characteristics of electric current available and the type of attachment plugs used in most countries.