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Weekly Roundups

CFE Plans to Deal with Potential Natural Gas Supply Stoppage

By Cas Biekmann | Wed, 02/02/2022 - 15:17

CFE has revealed a new strategy that deals with the possible threat of a new winter storm in Texas, which could halt the much-needed supply of gas and cause blackouts like it did in February 2021. The state utility furthermore began to provide electricity to 400 companies following a notable permit cancellation for Iberdrola and signed a MOU with Sempra Energy.

 

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MEXICO

CFE Announces Measures to Deal with Potential US Gas Supply Stoppage

CFE reported a new strategy in the event of another Texas freeze, the main exporter of the utility’s essential natural gas. CFE implemented an early warning system if a shortage looms after pipelines freeze, in time for a new potential polar vortex expected to hit Texas next week. The company deems a repeat of 2021’s conditions unlikely, however.

 

CFE Provides Electricity to 400 Companies Following Iberdrola Permit Cancellation

This week, the self-supply legacy permit of Iberdrola’s Dulces Nombres power plant expired after CRE did not address the topic during its last session, effectively cancelling its permit. President López Obrador said CFE would provide electricity to the 400 companies that were supplied via the 500MW plant.

 

Mayor Sheinbaum Reveals Bordo Poniente Plant is Almost Finished

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that Mexico City’s new renewable, biomass-fired power plant has been 90 percent constructed. The power plant uses hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), which converts organic waste into gas, charcoal and pellets that can be used to capture carbon or produce power as a coal substitute. The project was developed between CFE, SENER and UNAM.

 

Is Mexico’s Renewable Energy Investment Pool Running Dry?

Leading Mexican wind and solar associations warn that President Andres Manuel López Obrador’s bill to reform the energy sector is driving potential investors out the country. Even if the president’s proposal does not manage to place the state in charge of the energy sector, uncertainty is already halting the flow of investment.

 

CRE Denies Permits to Four Private Power Producers

CRE has denied generation permits to four private power producers, Energía Sierra Juárez Holding, FP Proyectos de Energía Renovable de México, Mares Energía and Energías Renovables Valle del Mezquital.

 

CFE and Sempra Infrastructure Sign MOU for the Development of Natural Gas Supply Projects

The companies signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of important proposed projects, which include the Vista Pacifico gas liquefaction project, a regasification project in La Paz and the resumption of operations of the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline.

 

Twelve Companies Compete for Central Market Solar Project Contract

Forbes confirmed that companies sent a technical proposal to developer CFE to win the EPC contract.

 

Renewable Energy Beneficial but it Destabilizes Grid: CENACE

A representative of grid operator CENACE said the increase of renewable energy has destabilized Mexico’s grid during the Open Parliament sessions surrounding the electricity reform proposal. The main issue is that intermittent renewable energy are not adequately located. During the session, opinions on whether the reform was needed to remedy this issue differed.

 

How Much Is Solar DG Expected to Grow?

Solar technology’s excellent characteristics have successfully pushed forward distributed generation (DG) projects in Mexico. However, regulatory uncertainty, a lack of financing options and challenges in the supply chain, as well as logistics hurdles could dampen its growth. Despite the difficulties ahead, experts agree that DG solar will continue to grow next year.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Bergen Can Run Engine on Hydrogen Without Hardware Changes

Bergen Engines reported it successfully tested its B-Series gas engine to run on a blend of 85 percent natural gas and 15 percent hydrogen, without needing any adjustments. Power output was maintained completely, though harmful emissions were reduced significantly. Bergen is planning to develop a commercial solution that can accept up to 60 percent hydrogen and aims to push that number to 100 percent, meaning that the engine becomes renewable when running on green hydrogen.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Forbes, La Jornada, Politico,
Cas Biekmann Cas Biekmann Journalist and Industry Analyst