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SEMARNAT recently granted environmental impact permits for the construction of the San Ignacio solar park to be located in Yucatán. It is expected that the project will require an investment of US$34.2 million to reach a nominal capacity of 19.76MW. This solar park is one of the nine assigned projects to the state of Yucatán during the first long-term electricity auction.

Mexico proposed the inclusion of an energy chapter inside NAFTA. This was positively received by Canada, and it is now yet to be seen the position of the US. It is expected that this theme will be discussed in future negotiations, either in Washington D.C. next week, or in Montreal in Jan. 2018.

OCDE informed that Mexico is its member with the highest energy prices, as well as with the highest annual variation, which reaches 16.2 percent. The variation is three times the organization average of 5.8 percent. Meanwhile, on Dec. 8 the Mexican senate ratified the inclusion of Mexico in the IEA.

The Ministry of Energy announced its intentions to auction the development of a private transmission line to interconnect the System of Baja California with the National system. It is expected that the 1,400km HVDC line, to connect Mexicali with Hermosillo, will have a transmission capacity of 1.5GWs. The auction bases will be published in Jan. 2018, and by Dec. of the same year the winner will be announced.

IDB announced that it will donate a total of US$13.7 million to the Mexican government for the implementation of waste management, clean energy generation and sanitation projects in the cities of Xalapa, La Paz and Campeche. The donation will be directed to Banobras, who will be in charge of implementing the resources.

International

Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex announced it was awarded the task of renewing one of Spain’s oldest wind farms, which is 25 years old. With this project, Nordex will replace 90 old turbines with 12 new ones, to reach the same 30MWs of capacity the wind farm initially had.

SIEMENS Gamesa will start installing the first full-scale project for the storage of energy, coming from a wind park, through hot stones in an aluminum smelter site in Hamburg. The 1,000 tons of rock will be able to provide 30MWh of electricity at a temperature of 600 Celsius via the use of a steam turbine. The company also announced that it will provide 72 direct drive 8MW wind turbines to Vattenfall’s 600MW Krieger Flak project in Denmark. The turbines are scheduled to be installed in Feb. 2021.

Engie announced its intentions of turning all of its gas operations green by 2050. This means that all of its gas will be coming from biogas and renewable hydrogen, making Engie’s operations 100 percent green.

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