This week, Mexico was host to the Latin American Symposium of Energy, organized by the National Chamber of Electrical Manufacture (CANAME), where energy experts from Latin America gathered to exchange industry knowledge. The symposium was inaugurated by Hugo Gómez Sierra, President of CANAME, Jaime González Aguadé, Director General of the CFE, Salvador Padilla Rubfiar, President of ANCE (National Association for the Normalization and Certification of the Electric Sector), Francisco de Rosenzweig Mendialdua, Subsecretary of External Commerce of the Economy Ministry, and non-other than Mexico’s Energy Minister, Jordy Herrera Flores.
Presenters at the symposium covered a wide array of interesting topics from energy efficiency and renewable energy to transmission technology in Latin America and how to migrate from conventional grids to smart grids in an efficient manner.
On Thursday, the panel on ‘Global energy saving trends in Mexico and the World’ included a presentation by Leopoldo Rodríguez Olivé, President of the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE), on the current state of Mexico’s wind power industry.
Rodríguez Olivé opened his presentation with a very powerful statement:
“Wind power in Mexico is now a reality.”
Investment in wind power increased 68% between 2010 and 2011 and in 2012, Mexico’s installed capacity of wind power reached 1 GW, 2% of the national energy installed capacity, compared to the 519 MW of 2010. The wind sector is expected to duplicate by 2013 which in turn will generate between 30 thousand to 100 thousand jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10%.
In addition, while the Global Wind Energy Council estimates Mexico’s wind potential at 71 GW, Rodríguez Olivé states that the AMDEE’s latest evaluation places Mexico’s wind potential at 20 GW that could be exploited by 2020.
According to Mauricio Trujillo, Project Manager in Latin America of the Global Wind Energy Council, at today Mexico’s wind power sector is at the point where the Asian wind power sector was five years ago. This implies that Mexico is at the start of a very steep growth curve and can expect great advancements in the coming years.
In order to take advantage of this growth potential, Mexico should expand and upgrade its current transmission infrastructure. Nevertheless, according to Rodríguez Olivé, for the wind power sector to grow in Mexico, there is no need for incentives such as subsidies or feed-in-tariffs. Mexico currently has a favorable public policy environment and this is all the sector needs to grow in the coming years.
Thank you to CANAME and everyone involved in the organization of the 7th edition of the Latin American Symposium of Energy for making it a success!