High Consumption Leads to Higher EfficiencySun, 12/22/2019 - 07:00
Q: What is the role of the Energy Development Department in the development of the state’s energy industry?
A: Nuevo Leon is usually one of the top states in terms of energy production and consumption. The key driver of the state is our growing industrial sector, which is why we are not only concerned about how we generate energy but also how we consume it. To address both matters, the Energy Development Department focuses on two main divisions. The first is dedicated to attracting investment and developing energy projects, whether they come from renewable sources or conventional. Regarding this subject, we oversee activities ranging from the storage of hydrocarbons to the deployment of wind and solar power plants. Along this line, we also manage every topic related to municipal and federal permits, us serving as a bridge between both government levels. During 2019, many changes took place as a result of the federal governmental transition and some energy auction projects were put on hold. Therefore, our second division is focused on taking measures to ensure energy efficiency practices. For that matter, rather than being a hurdle, we want to be an ally for potential sponsors seeking to invest in Nuevo Leon.
In terms of clean energy generation, Nuevo Leon is positioned among the Top 5 states with more wind power investment. As for solar energy, Nuevo Leon has an average annual radiation of 4.4 kWh/m2 and a solar power generation potential of near 3 million GWh/year. Regarding our energy matrix, most of our energy comes from fossil fuels. Nevertheless, we want to contribute to reaching the goal established by the Secretary of Energy, of generating 35 percent of electric power from clean sources by 2024.
Q: What strategic alliances is the state consolidating to achieve a collaboration between industry and power generators?
A: We work closely with Nuevo Leon’s energy cluster as the government representative. Since the energy industry is strongly centralized in Mexico City, our objective is to attract investors and businessmen to the region. We want to know their thoughts around permits and regulation because industry is the main driving force of the energy sector. At the end of the day, these companies are deploying investment and consuming energy while the government serves as a platform to support this growth. Another initiative is a close collaboration with industrial parks, which can take the role of off-taker, distributing electricity to tenants at a more competitive cost. When you put together many energy consumers, the benefit is larger.
Q: How is Nuevo Leon promoting energy efficiency practices among large industrial consumers?
A: We believe it is important to lead by setting the example. Currently, we are developing a project together with CONUEE to implement an energy management project where the main beneficiary will be the Nuevo Leon government. Most of the state’s government offices are located in the same building in Monterrey. Together with the federal commission, we are making an energy assessment and drafting an energy-efficient strategy. Later on, we will look for potential investors and become pioneers with a successful flagship project. Apart from this joint effort with the federal government, we are also working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to implement energy-efficient policies in buildings.
Q: How can Nuevo Leon strengthen the industry’s value chain in the northern region of the country?
A: The supplier segment in Nuevo Leon is one of our strongest assets and we want to become the starting point from the supply-side of the value chain, even for projects in Tamaulipas or Coahuila. In the past, we have supported projects where Nuevo Leon is the central point for both suppliers and service companies, and this led us to believe a greater part of this value chain could be developed in the region. Together with Nuevo Leon’s energy cluster and the Proenergía Fund, we mapped the hydrocarbon sector supply chain. With this project, we wanted to understand the challenges and opportunities that suppliers face to develop a local value chain. Currently the state government is developing a program where the main objective is to increase the capabilities and competitiveness of the supply and service providers businesses. Since these are small-scale businesses, we also want to give our support for them to generate value from upcoming energy projects.
The Department of Energy Development of the State of Nuevo Leon supports the development of energy projects based on the framework, guidelines and actions established by the federal government.