Mexico

On May 22 CFE’s director announced that the company had MX$350 million allocated to face the 30 hurricanes expected in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. And rightly so since heavy rain conditions caused spotted blackouts on Sunday evening in the north of Tamaulipas. As of 12:30 of Monday CFE had already reestablished 93 percent of the electric service in Reynosa and Matamoros. Ciudad Acuña was also affected by weather conditions that led to blackouts on May 27, but by 16:21 that same day CFE had already reestablished 95 percent of the electric service in the city.

Not due to environmental conditions but to technical problems on the transmission line between Tabasco and Campeche, on May 24 a blackout affected over 1.7 million users in the states of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. The blackout started at 11:04 and by 18:30, 99 percent of the service had been returned to normal.                                                 Photo Source: Cuartoscuro

As the country was being hit by blackouts, President Peña Nieto inaugurated a new substation on Quintana Roo on May 25 with an investment of US$65.7 million. The governor of Tamaulipas also announced that the state is expecting eight wind projects with a total investment of over US$1 billion for the next two years.

On May 22 SENER announced its project to install 10 thousand solar panels in low income regions that the grid does not reach. This carries an estimated cost of MX$438 million and will benefit around 45,000 persons.

On May 24 the first biodigester in Latin America started operating. The biodigester will turn over 100 tons of nopal residues per month from Milpa Alta into biogas and compost, as well as electricity for over 150 surrounding houses.

Photo Source: Expansión

International

Although a third of the country’s energy comes from nuclear power, Switzerland voted to phase out and ban the construction of nuclear energy. It also announced plans to provide important subsidies for renewables.

IRENA announced on May 24 that during 2016 the renewable energies sector created close to 10 million jobs, with the leading countries being China, Brazil, the US, India, Japan and Germany.

On May 22 Business Insider published an amazing article documenting with photos the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, US’ first offshore wind farm.

Solarcentury turns its eyes towards Europe and Latin America by becoming an international firm with more than £3 billion of projects planned. The Mexican market represents a major opportunity for the CEO.

Photo Source: Business Insider

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