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Binational Energy Strategy

SANDAG has been committed to discussing and promoting energy opportunities and initiatives in the binational region since 1999. During this time, COBRO served as the forum for discussion and formulation of recommendations for the San Diego-Baja California region.

In December 2002, SANDAG contracted with the San Diego State University Foundation to develop a vision and strategy that the border region could use to move the emerging binational energy market forward in a way that would support the energy, environmental and economic development objectives of both the California border region and northern Baja California.

This same year, the Borders Committee approved COBRO’s recommendation to facilitate and expedite the formation of mechanisms to promote dialogue between leaders of both sides of the border.

As a result, a group representing key sector leaders from the U.S. and Mexico has been meeting to establish a forum where these issues can be addressed. The purpose of this group is to, “provide a neutral setting to discuss energy related challenges and opportunities in the San Diego, Imperial County and northern Baja California region.”  

The group's goals were to:

  • Officially constitute the group, naming it the Border Energy Issues Group;
  • Establish a set of guidelines, or rules of the road, to ease and encourage the financing of energy projects on both sides of the border; and
  • Develop strategies for energy infrastructure and supply needs, as well as the efficient and environmentally sound production and use of energy sources.

Project Manager

Hector Vanegas, Borders Program Manager
Phone: (619) 699-1972, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

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