CHP in Mexico

Running in parallel to The Green Expo trade fair, the first edition of the Cogenera Mexico Congress took place from 23 to 25 September in Mexico City, organised by the country’s sector sponsor – also called Cogenera Mexico – and designed as a platform for the exchange of ideas from any agent interested in cogeneration from the public, private, academic and financial sectors. Within the framework of this Congress, highly interesting lectures took place, setting out the current situation of the sector in the country. This article summarises the speech given by the Chairman of Cogenera Mexico, Jorge Gutiérrez Vera; as well as that from the Legal Director of the National Chamber of the Sugar and Alcohol Industries (CNIAA) and Representative of the Managing Board of Cogenera Mexico, Maximiliano Camiro Vázquez that focused on one of the market niches with good potential such as the sugar mills.

As Jorge Gutiérrez Vera explained during his speech, according to the SENER, the Secretariat of Energy’s National Electrical System Development Programme (PRODESEN), it is expected that by the end of this administration, 5% of the country’s energy consumption will come from clean sources such as renewables, efficient cogeneration, geothermal and nuclear. This value will increase to 35% towards late 2024. This outlook offers a promising future for efficient CHP programmes in Mexico. Another item of good news for the market is the recent publication in September 2015 of the wholesale electricity market (MEM) bases that establish the principles for the design and operation of the MEM as referred to by the Electric Industry Law (LIE).

There are currently 3,500 MW operating in the country under CHP programmes of which 1,900 belong to PEMEX. According to the SENER’s Sub-secretariat for Electricity, growth in the energy offer based on CHP programmes over the coming 15 years is expected to amount to 7,533 MW. The growth in the PEMEX CHPs is particularly notable with some 6,900 MW in refineries and natural gas processing centres that include Cangrejera, Morelos and Minatitlán with a capacity of 2,000 MW. Required investments are expected to reach US$7.5bn. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2015