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Weekly Roundups

Mexico Ranked 33 in Renewable Investment Attractiveness

By Cas Biekmann | Thu, 09/30/2021 - 15:39

A study by EY shows that Mexico has lost much of its appeal regarding renewable energy investments in the past years. In other news, natural gas prices are rising, CRE’s executive secretary steps down and EDF Renewables said a court ruling will not affect its wind project. Read this and more in the roundup!

 

MEXICO         

 EY Places Mexico 33 out of 40 Countries Considered Most Attractive for Renewable Energy Investment

During the past three years, Mexico has lost much of its potential to pull in investors in clean energy. According to the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) powered by EY, Mexico ranked 33 out of 40 countries as of 2021, having fallen from a previous 7th place.

 

CRE Executive Secretary Steps Down

Miguel Angel Rincon Velazquez resigns from his post as Executive Secretary of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) following allegations of corruption leaked to the media and the authority’s obvious reluctance to issue electricity and oil permits to private energy producers.

 

Sempra Energy Installs Solar Projects in Mexico

Sempra Foundation is donating US$200 million to install five solar projects in Mexican communities, with an estimated 40 families benefiting from these installations. The company is partnering with GRID Alternatives to install the projects on community buildings and other locations.

 

EDF: Court Ruling Won’t Affect Wind Farm Project

EDF claims that Oaxaca’s court decision banning the development of energy projects on indigenous communities’ ancestral lands will not affect the ongoing construction of its US$363 million, 252 MW Gunaa Sicarú wind farm in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

 

Will Mexico Profit or Lose with Rising Natural Gas Prices?

US natural gas prices have been on the rise in recent months: experts are seeing prices rise to US$6/MMBtu. Mexico, as a net importer, will likely feel the effects too. But it could also profit of the much higher prices elsewhere in the world, part of the country’s push to become an export hub.

 

Hydroelectricity Not the Only Solution to Generate Clean Energy in Mexico: Amexhidro

Although Mexico has abundant hydroelectric resources, it is also rich in solar and wind resources. For this reason, clean energy can come from diverse sources, said Jacobo Mekler, President of leading association Amexhidro. He believes that the government’s hydropower overhaul plan was feasible, but no more than 5 percent of capacity would be gained.

 

INTERNATIONAL

China Implements Power Rationing in Growing Energy Crisis

As coal supplies are dwindling, China has told local authorities and railway companies to share its supply with energy utilities to halt further power cuts. Twenty provinces are already suffering from these cuts, which are also impeding industrial activities.

 

World Needs More Mines to Meet Energy Transition Demand

Steve Douglas, Financial Officer of Hudbay Minerals told Bloomberg that the world needs more mines so that it can produce the copper and battery minerals required by the renewable energy market.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
El Financiero, Reuters, Milenio
Cas Biekmann Cas Biekmann Journalist and Industry Analyst