REmap 2030: Mexico’s renewable energy potential

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has developed a global renewable energy roadmap called REmap 2030 that shows how the share of renewables in the global energy mix can be doubled by 2030, both realistically and cost-effectively. REmap 2030 Mexico, the first specific country report to be released in the REmap 2030 series, is a joint work by IRENA and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER). It evaluates a portfolio of technology options to accelerate renewable energy deployment across Mexico’s entire energy system that could raise the 2030 renewable share to 21%. This implies a threefold increase in total renewable energy use in the same period.

Mexico accounts for one fifth of all energy use in Latin America, and demand is growing fast. Business-as-usual growth will result in an increase of installed power generation capacity from 64 GW in 2013 to 118 GW in 2030. Mexico is the world’s tenth largest oil and natural gas producer. However, natural gas and coal imports are growing, and its dependence on natural gas for power generation has become a major concern. To address these and other challenges, Mexico enacted a series of energy reforms in December 2013.

In order to fulfil its international GHG reduction pledges, Mexico has also set a clean energy power generation target for 2050. The aim is to reach a share of as much as 40% in power generation from zero or low-emission energy types by 2035, and 50% by 2050. This includes renewables as well as nuclear and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2015