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Mexico sets sights on generating more renewable energy in 2018

Mexico City, Mexico — This year, wind farms are expected to start generating more than 1,100 MW of electricity, making 2018 a historic year for the industry, according to estimates of the Mexican Energy Association Wind (AMDEE).

Leopoldo Rodríguez, president of AMDEE explains the amount of electricity coming from wind will be added to the 4,000 megawatts with which they closed 2017.

At the end of 2017, he detailed 480 MW of generation from new private projects were added to the list, 20 MW more than the 460 reported at the end of 2016.

The executive highlighted that the generation projects that won in the first electric auctions organized by the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace), are the ones that will drive figures this year and grow exponentially for the next decade.

“Some projects are just under construction, not many entered in 2017. We are looking forward to several projects this year that were already in advanced stages,” he said.

In Mexico, renewable energies left behind the clean spirit and became a business, proof of this is that this year Femsa announced that 45 percent of the energy they use for the operation of their different lines of business (beverages, commerce and restaurants) will come from these sources.

“And it will be around 80 percent by 2019,” the company reported in its latest quarterly report.

However, Rodriguez stressed that one of the main risks that could prevent reaching the goals is the lack of transmission infrastructure (high voltage) from the main generation points, from Oaxaca mainly to the center and shoal of the country.

Additionally, he commented that social conflicts represent a latent risk for the country’s wind industry, although he acknowledged that it is a sector that everyone wants, despite the context.

“It is a sector in which there is a very large private participation, the logical thing would be to maintain this continuity, and there are several threats, the NAFTA faltering … the political environment in Mexico, but fortunately it is a sector, renewable, always well seen by all and has proven to be competitive,” commented the AMDEE executive.