AMGN revealed that 12 states throughout the country lack gas supply. According to Armando Guadiana, President of the Senate’s Energy Commission, while states close to the US border experience a 6 percent economic growth, others in the south region of the country only reach 1 percent growth. Based on a report from INEGI, industrial activity has stagnated. The energy sector enjoyed the largest increase in activity, derived from several projects from the previous administration. Nevertheless, industry experts push for more investment to maintain this growth in the long term. Under this landscape, authorities and businessmen plan to reunite and discuss the country’s energy agenda next 22-23 of August in Yucatan.

In international news, last August 9, UK’s National Grid suffered the most severe blackout in more than a decade. The power shutdown left almost a million homes across the country in the dark. Nevertheless, batteries prevented the situation from being a complete disaster. Following a second solar PV wave, Spain regulators changed grid connection rules to cope with rising demand, while Denmark created a fund to promote national technology and services abroad. In the US, Trump cancellation of Obama’s Clean Power Plan led 22 states to sue the federal administration for promoting reliance on coal power generation.

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NATIONAL

37 percent of the Mexican territory does not have access to natural gas. According to the Mexican Association of Natural Gas, 12 states lack supply from this energy source.

Zuma Energía inaugurated a 162MWp solar park in Sonora. This project was awarded during the second long-term electricity auction and represents a total investment of US$131 million.

Enel’s Don José solar park operates at 98 percent of its capacity. After three months, the plant generates 625GWh and fully delivers this electricity to CFE.

The electricity sector enjoys a 2 percent growth during the first five months of 2019. This increase was driven by inherited projects from the last administration.

CCE and legislators will discuss the energy agenda in the National Development Plan. The Ministry of Energy, CENAGAS, CFE, PEMEX, CNH and CRE will meet next August 22-23 in Yucatan.

INTERNATIONAL

Meet Alice, the battery-powered plane that could herald the age of electric air travel. Developed by Israeli firm Eviation, the plane will be able to carry nine passengers for up to 1,046km.

Danish fund will boost clean energy exports. The Danish Energy Agency has set up a fund to promote homegrown technology and services abroad.

Spain’s regulator tightens PV plant grid connection rules. As the country heads to a second solar development bubble, grid-connection applications are rising by 15GW per month.

Batteries stopped the UK’s power cut from being a total disaster. Last Friday August 9, Britain’s power grid fell apart when two power plants went offline.

Twenty-two states sue Trump’s administration over carbon rule replacement. According to them, the federal administration is condoning reliance on coal-produced energy and obstructing states that pursue clean energy generation.

 

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