Mexico

Goals

CENACE published its grid operations tariffs valid for the rest of 2018, which are MX$2.3613 and MX$6.1886 per MWh for generators and charges, respectively. Look at the official document here.

CRE and CENACE published the call for proposals for Mexico’s fourth long-term electricity auction. This is the first auction managed by CRE, as the three previous ones were managed by the Ministry of Energy. To get to know more take a look at our blog.

Projects

SEMARNAT announced that it has approved the environmental impact manifestation for the 330MW PV project to be installed in Puebla by ENL, with an estimated investment of MX$7,735 million. Meanwhile, Coahuila inaugurated a solar park that will provide 20GWh per year, and that required of an investment of MX$800 million. According to the governor, the generated energy will be used by the government.

According to the Chief Audit Office of Mexico CFE bought wind energy to external producers at 3.7 times, or 1,440MX$/MWh, of the company’s production costs during the 2014-2016 period, accounting for MX$2.646 billion in losses.

EIB agreed to finance the construction of three solar PV plants in Mexico.

Energy Efficiency

CAMEXA, CONUEE and GIZ launched the Learning Network for the Implementation of Industrial Energy Management in Nuevo Leon’s Automotive Cluster, making it the fourth in the country, and the second one managed by CAMEXA. At the same time CONUEE launched a computational tool to evaluate a company’s compatibility with the ISO 50001:2011 norm which is dedicated to energy management systems.

International

Majors

Germany’s top utilities, RWE and E.ON, announced their plans to break up Innogy for its assets to be divided among them and where E.ON will acquire Innogy’s prized regulated energy networks and customer operations while RWE will take on the renewables businesses of both E.ON and Innogy.

Norway’s Statoil announced its intentions to change its name to Equinor, supporting its strategy and development as a broad energy company. “The name Equinor reflects ongoing changes and supports the always safe, high value and low carbon strategy we outlined last year,” said chair of the board in Statoil, Jon Erik Reinhardsen.

Projects

GE and Fina Enerji signed an agreement to work on eight potential wind projects in Turkey, with a total expected output of 410MW, and supporting the country’s goal of reaching 20GW of renewable capacity by 2020.

New York state awarded 22 solar utility-scale projects with a total expected capacity of 647MW and accounting for a total investment of US$1.4 billion

Vestas started building a new hub and nacelle assembly facility in Argentina, which will generate roughly 300 direct and indirect jobs.

PRICO Group will construct, operate and maintain a 7MW solar PV rooftop system in Gaza. The project is backed up by US$12 million coming from international banking.

US solar market added 10.6GW of PV in 2017 led by strong growth in the corporate and community solar segments.

German manufacturer Senvion was awarded with a seven turbines supply order from Japan Wind Development for a 23.8MW project in Akita, northern Japan.

New Technologies

Venezuela announced its intentions of financing solar projects in the country with Petro, its own state cryptocurrency.

The Carbon Trust launched BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator program. It is expected that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of up to €33 to 40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.

EDPR is set to implement its first energy availability-based wind service contracts, following almost 10 years of studies on granular cost assessments and five years of SCADA data.

For more articles on Mexico’s energy industry, check out our blog!

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