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Central America readies shared electricity grid. New system will mean more integration than in Europe

Friday, August 12, 2011

\ Central America is getting ready to switch on a unified power grid that will reduce expensive oil imports and vault the developing region ahead of Europe in terms of electricity integration.\ \ The long-planned network of electrical towers, sub-stations and a 1,120-mile high-voltage line linking six countries in the isthmus is 88 percent complete and running tests to go live by mid-2012, the project's directors say.\ \ 'This is really going to be the most important integration project ... on a global scale. The European Union doesn't have energy integration at this level,' said a representative.\ \ Original source: Reuters\ \ \ \ \