Reducing the impact associated with the use of fossil fuels by increasing the participation of clean technologies in the generation matrix, is one of the most important challenges facing the Mexican energy sector. Increasing the participation of clean energies in the generation matrix will allow a move towards a new low carbon and diversified model, that will bring benefits in terms of energy, economy, environment and society.
There is a global trend, backed by the development of alternative technologies, in situ cogeneration and the development of communication and information infrastructure, that is making electrical systems integrate generation capacity distributed in small amounts but in a large number of points. This requires changing the way grids and electrical systems are designed and operate, as well as increasing efficiency, availability, reliability and security of transmission systems and distribution of electricity, which implies deployment of smart grids, among other measures.
Mexico set itself a binding target to increase the share of non-fossil energy in the portfolio of primary power sources for electricity generation, i.e. 35% by 2024. In addition, the transmission networks in the country do not have sufficient capacity to best use the resources available.
Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2014