New energy generation in Mexico. Comparisons and effects on the electricity system


It is not often that circumstances converge in the way they have at the moment in Mexico: growth expectations, cheap and reasonably clean fuel, the need for greater production capacity and energy transport, a practically unlimited renewable resource and, finally, buy-in from politicians to an energy reform that facilitates and provides guidelines for the country’s energy development and, as such, its industrial development too.

At the moment, the route opened up by the energy reform is clear and it is time to stride boldly down it. The backing for greater participation on the part of private capital in the energy sector is apparent and represents an excellent opportunity for making intensive, long term investments in a stable economy with a secure political environment.

Although it is natural that new generation, estimated at around 50,000 MW of new capacity to be installed by 2030, should involve a wide range of technologies, there is a clear preference for efficient generation and for clean energies: combined cycles, high efficiency CHP, renewable energies (with particular emphasis, in terms of installed capacity, on wind farms: indeed the enormous potential of certain regions has been known for years, providing the opportunity to install wind farms to the order of 4,000 hours equivalent a year).

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2014