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A US delegation of as many as 100 business leaders and government experts was meeting in Mexico in late June to boost bilateral co-operation on energy. Wind power is one of the areas of emphasis in the talks with Mexican leaders and private officials in Mexico City and Monterrey from June 19-23. The mission was also to explore joint trade and investment possibilities, says Deputy Energy Secretary Bill White of the US Department of Energy. Mexican officials hope to have a regulatory framework in place by the end of the year and have asked the US government to share its experience in regulation as well as in natural gas, and electricity distribution and transmission. Mexico says it needs to plan for long term growth by diversifying its sources of electricity production and reducing air pollution. The rapidly-growing Third World country also wants to learn more about financial instruments used in the energy sector. Other renewables to be emphasised during the trade mission are geothermal, and small scale hydropower.

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