Renewables Leaders Seek a Certain FutureBy Dalia Maria de León | Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:57
CONAMER Rejects Changes to Self-supply Schemes
The National Regulatory Improvement Commission (CONAMER) rejected the recent request submitted by CRE to make changes to the issuing of generation permits under the self-supply modality without presenting the regulatory impact analysis (AIR).
López Obrador Meets with Global CEOs and Banks
President López Obrador offered a private dinner at Palacio Nacional for CEOs of global companies and members of international banks. Representatives from Scotiabank, HSBC, Walmart, Chevron, the AES Corporation, MetLife, Cisco, Amazon, Principal Financial Group, Sempra Energy and American Tower Corporation attended the meeting.
Government officials like Alfonso Romo, López Obrador’s Chief of Staff and Head of the Economic Growth Commission; Arturo Herrera, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and Graciela Marquez, Minister of Economy were also invited in an effort to improve the relationship between the public and private sectors.
Future of Airborne Wind Energy Sector Still Uncertain
Google’s parent company Alphabet divests from Makani Power, airborne wind energy (AWE) technology hopeful. This move raises questions over the viability of AWE technology and leaves Makani Power facing an uncertain future. Alphabet announced that Shell, which has a stake in the California-based company, was willing to continue developing the technology as part of its offshore wind technology roadmap.
Dubai’s Enerwhere Looks for New Markets
Energy company Enerwhere wants to expand its activity into Oman, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as it evaluates solar energy potential to support upstream activities in the region. Currently, Enerwhere is setting up floating solar panels off the resort island of Zaya Nurai in Abu Dhabi, helping hotel operators replace diesel generators and source up to 8 percent of their energy from the sun.
Daniel Zywietz, CEO of Enerwhere, sees more potential for expansion in this field, which allows to free up beach space taken by generators by installing solar panels offshore, instead.
500MW Solar Energy Projects in Spain
EPC company Prodiel announced its activity in Talayuela Solar, one of the five largest photovoltaic parks in Spain with 300MW, and in Cabrera Solar, which will be the largest project in Andalusia with 200MW.
Canadian Solar will provide more than 830,000 solar panels for the Talayuela park, which is owned by Solarcentury (20 percent) and the German company specialized in investments in renewable energy projects, Encavis (80 percent). Meanwhile, the Cabrera park will have more than 554,000 panels also provided by Canadian Solar. It is expected to start its commercial operation by 2021.