Andreas Müller
Deputy Director
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Quick, Efficient Benchmark for Energy Transition

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 18:16

Q: What can Mexico learn from Germany’s experience with renewable energy to further consolidate its energy transition?
A: What Mexico can learn from Germany’s experience regarding how to operate an energy transition is how to make things public, faster and how to do that correctly. Germany decided a few years ago to boost its renewable energy generation, removing nuclear energy from the equation, by incentivizing companies, cities and even householders to generate clean power. In terms of renewable technologies, Germany transferred its PV know-how to the point where China became a greater market to produce and export solar panels. Regarding wind, the country is still a great market to improve this technology and to market it anywhere in the world. It is also worth mentioning that Mexico is going through a deeper and more complex energy transition than that which Germany experienced. However, both countries can benefit from their open markets and keep finding ways to make their power generation cleaner and more effective.
Q: What renewable energy market niches are of the highest interest for German companies in Mexico?
A: Alongside CONUEE, CAMEXA is implementing a methodology that we call learning networks, which basically are ways to create effective energy-efficiency programs, along with more sophisticated methodologies like energy-management programs. These learning networks allow companies to interact between each other, share expertise and knowledge and, of course, create standard procedures to measure the success of everyone’s methodologies to improve their energy efficiency and management. The purpose of these learning networks is to consolidate and validate the best energy management model for everyone.
Last year, CAMEXA initiated a first phase of this model with Bosch and we are now working to begin a second phase. We also implemented our learning network methodology with eight companies from Nuevo Leon’s automotive cluster, and we are setting up, with the support of GIZ and CONUEE, four learning networking methodologies in different productive sectors of the country, mostly for real estate and transportation. We also continue fostering the development of solar technologies in Mexico, such as PV and thermo-solar technologies. We are also working with ANES to keep implementing a program called Solar Payback, which is a tool to incentivize the use of thermo-solar technologies across every segment, mainly for industrial and commercial purposes. Finally, CAMEXA is incentivizing the integration of PV projects across our members and also working together with local companies interested in our business integration methodologies, particularly for energy efficiency and management.
Q: What is your assessment of the country’s energy efficiency policies and what is missing for these policies to further permeate the country’s productive tissue?
A: Mexico’s regulatory framework is well-designed; what is missing is a proper implementation of its laws, rules and guidelines. Also, regulation has to be extremely clear so companies can identify what part of it is mandatory and what part is just a recommendation. To name an example, CRE’s norm regarding how to report CO2 emissions is a regulation that will be mandatory for companies once it is formally launched, and companies should understand how this and other mandatory norms work.
Our job is to help our members to understand these regulations and do the necessary work to comply with them, if needed. Once companies understand their obligations, then we work with them to build strategies to comply with this regulation in the best way possible. We even created a consortium with AMEXGEN and AMENEER to consolidate our methodologies and keep improving energy-efficiency programs across the industry. This joint effort has been well-received and more companies are contacting us to help them build out our methodology to implement energy-efficiency programs in their organizations.