Photo taken from: Bloomberg
The George W. Bush Institute proposed to eliminate all the barriers related to the implementation of energy commerce across the border between the US and Mexico, specially the one related to the need of US’ presidential permission for cross-border infrastructure. The institute pointed out how the Mexican Energy Reform has become a positive game changing factor for the region, and how a NAFTA renegotiation will ensure the objectives of this Reform. Rick Perry, US’ Energy Minister wants to have a successful NAFTA renegotiation that includes Canada, the US and Mexico as energy providers for the world, mainly via natural gas.
After performing an in-depth energy efficiency analysis on 32 municipalities, a subproject towards energy savings in the cities of Huamantla, Puebla and León will be implemented, investing almost MX$150 million in total, stated the Director of the Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energia (FIDE), Raúl Talán Ramírez, on July 9. Of that amount, MX$11 million will be used to revamp the water pump system in Huamantla, MX$129 million for the upgrading of the public lightning system in León, and MX$10 million to implement several energy efficiency practices in Puebla.
A 5Mw solar farm sits off the angled base of the Kotani Dam in Hyugo Prefecture. Photo and title taken from: Bloomberg
On July 11, Acciona Energía México, the Mexican branch of the Spanish company Acciona, signed two contracts to deliver Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) to CFE Calificados. The first contract is for a total of 49,500 CELs per year, for a period of 20 years, coming from the photovoltaic farm Puerto Libertad in Sonora. The second contract is for a total of 5,000 CELs per year, also for 20 years, coming from the wind park El Cortijo in Tamaulipas.
On July 12, ANES, the National Solar Energy Association from Mexico, announced that although CFE is fighting for a legal protection against certain regulations from CRE on the distributed generation area, this protection does not cover the net metering and interconnection contracts. ANES also stated that no client asking for these kind of contracts has been affected, and that interconnections are taking place.
In Australia, former US vice president Al Gore launched Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan to boost green credentials in the Australian state. The plan is backed up by US$113.3 million in funding coming from Victoria’s government to bring “more renewable, affordable and reliable energy for Victoria.” The plan considers specific amounts for the implementation of grid-scale battery storage facilities, smart software systems and solar and battery storage micro-grid initiatives.
On July 13, Bloomberg published a series of beautiful breath taking photographs of Japan’s renewable projects harmonically blending with the landscape. The series belongs to Jamey Stillings, and can be seen physically in New York and Houston.
Awaji-Kifune, a 34.7Mw photovoltaic project etched into the hillside of former quarry. Photo and title taken from: Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia is working on becoming greener, as the country’s energy minister pointed out the country’s efforts to launch the kingdom’s first large-scale wind farm, totaling 400MW.
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