Mexico

Projects

Enel Group inaugurated its 754MW Villanueva PV plant in Coahuila, project that was awarded to the Italian group during the first long-term electricity auction. To get to know more about the plant check out our blog

Goals

IEA recognized that Mexico decreased its CO2 emissions by 4 percent in 2017 compared to previous years, mainly due to the reduction of fossil fuels usage, the increase in energy efficiency and the inclusion of more renewables in the grid.

Events

On March 21, the seventh edition of the World Forum on Energy Regulation was inaugurated. During a four-days event in Cancun, regulators from all over the world gathered with the private sector and academia to discuss on energy regulation topics. In the inauguration, Guillermo García Alcocer, President Commissioner of CRE, highlighted the fact that Mexico is going through an energy revolution thanks to the implementation of the Energy Reform. John Betkoski, President of ICER, mentioned the importance of having a constant dialogue among regulators in open markets. Una Shortall, President of ICER’s Women In Energy initiative called for the inclusion of more women in the energy sector, and mentioned the importance of women in all economic sectors. To get to know more about the importance of gender equality in the sustainability sector read our blog about the Women4Climate initiative.

Al Gore came to Mexico with its Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program to learn how to use social media, powerful storytelling, and personal outreach to inspire audiences to take action against climate change.

New Technologies

Mexican startup Kinetech Power Systems plans to build a production facility in the northern region of the country to produce batteries for residential and commercial consumption behind the meter applications.

International

Projects

Enel Green Power signed a new PPA with Facebook for the sale of energy produced by a 320MW wind farm. The agreement states that 200MW will be sold now and by 2029 the entire output of the plant will be directed towards Facebook’s data center, making it run fully on green energy.

Vattenfall was awarded as winner of the first non-subsidized wind offshore auction in Holland. The company will develop the Kust Zuid I and II wind farms, with a capacity of 700 and 750MW respectively.

Goals

UK set a new wind generation record on March 17 with 14.3GW pumped into the grid with this technology, making up for 35.7 percent of the total mix.

According to Aurora Energy Research Northwest Europe could install up to 60GW of subsidy-free renewables by 2030, accounting for an investment of €64 billion out of the expected €180 billion for renewables in the region by 2030.

While natural gas and coal generation fell by 7.7 and 2.5 percent on a year-on-year basis in 2017 in the US, power generation via renewables grew by 13.4 percent.

New Technologies

SIMEC ZEN Energy will develop a 120 to 140MWh energy storage project in South Australia. When finished the storage system will become the biggest in the world, taking the crown away from the one developed by Tesla and installed in the same region.

AkzoNobel stablished a partnership in Sweden to explore the potential of producing green hydrogen and “electrofuels” using electricity produced with renewable sources.

ENI announced its intentions to use wave-energy devices for charging AUVs used in its offshore upstream operations in the Adriatic Sea.

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

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