Mexico May Not Reach Renewable Energy Goals For 2024By María José Goytia | Wed, 06/08/2022 - 17:18
According to the PRODESEN development program published by the Ministry of Energy, Mexico will not fulfill its renewable energy generation goals by 2024. Meanwhile, CFE cancels its supply contract with French company EDF, ending the wind farm Gunaa Sicarú project in Oaxaca. Furthermore, CFE seeks an international alliance to improve geothermal energy efficiency with the French government.
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The Ministry of Energy (SENER) shared in its development program PRODESEN 2022-2036, which revealed that the total electricity generation through renewable energy sources in 2021 stood at 29.5 percent. This means there was a deficit of 0.5 percent from the original goal. Considering this underperformance, some experts believe that the goal to reach 35 percent of clean energy generation by 2024 will likely fall short, too. According to PRODESEN, SENER estimated that in view of the current conditions, the goal will likely take a year longer to achieve. Conversely, the ministry suggested that the energy capacity in 2025 will be ahead of schedule for 2030’s goals.
Through France’s Fund of Studies and Support to the Private Sector (FASEP), CFE and the French Government are exploring the implementation of new technologies to boost energy efficiency within the Mexican state-owned utility's geothermal power plants.
One of the biggest wind projects in Mexico will not be developed further. The Ministry of Energy (SENER) cancelled the supply contract signed by CFE with the French company Electricité de France (EDF) toward the operation of the Gunaa Sicarú wind farm in the municipality of Unión Hidalgo, located within the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca.
In Mexico City, the Center for Sustainable Transportation (WRI) and the Ministry of Environment of Mexico City (SEDEMA) have allied once again to launch the Efficient Buildings Challenge (REE) 2022, enjoying support from the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and UNAM. During REE’s second year, organizations that participated in 2020 are encouraged to carry on the implementation of the initiatives that they identified in the past, as newcomers are encouraged to bring fresh ideas to develop.
Within its continuous trajectory of innovation and excellence, Solarever begins a new stage by signing a commercial agreement with LONGi, the world’s currently most valuable solar energy technology company, aimed at boosting access to state-of-the-art solar innovation in Mexico. LONGi leads the solar PV industry, flaunting breakthrough innovations in monocrystalline technology.
Mexico’s Día Nórdico 2022, a virtual Nordic Day organized by Mexico’s Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish embassies, in cooperation with the Mexican Ministry of Economy, addressed pioneering innovations focused on enabling the green energy transition. Finland’s sustainable solution frontrunner Wärtsilä outlined a particularly exciting prospect: using innovative technology to revolutionize how Power-to-X (P2X) is used for electricity generation, the company manages to tackle some of the biggest conundrums regarding the energy transition.
Hurricane Agatha hit the coastal area of Oaxaca. As a result, around 76,513 people were left without electricity. Aside from the death of 9 people and material loses, the storm also caused the electricity system to collapse in the two main areas of Oaxaca: The Costa and Sierra Sur regions, where CFE had been working to reestablish the service for 72,158 electricity users. The hurricane has similarly impacted some areas in the neighboring southeastern state of Veracruz, where 4,355 users lost power.