State-Backed Solar Power Plant Announced in SonoraBy Cas Biekmann | Thu, 07/22/2021 - 17:00
State utility CFE announced renewable energy plans through a solar power plant in Sonora and hydroelectric updates and pipeline capacity are of importance to CFE as well. In other news, a new LNG facility entered into operation. Read this and more in the weekly roundup!
López Obrador Announces Solar Energy Plant in Sonora
With the approval of the Puerto Peñasco solar energy project in the northern state of Sonora, President López Obrador boosts CFE’s renewable development and aims to interconnect the isolated Baja California Sur area. CFE will own 54 percent of the solar plant while 46 percent will be in hands of the Sonoran government.
CFE to Move on Hydroelectric Updates, Pipelines and Transmission
General Director of CFE, Manuel Bartlett discussed the results of a study on a 2020 blackout, alliances to complete natural gas pipelines, hydroelectric power plant modernization and the ambitious new solar park. CFE’s transmission plans stemming from PRODESEN were also part of the discussion involving the utility’s board of directors.
Sur de Texas – Tuxpan: A Band Aid on Growing Demand
Flow capacity has increased at the Sur de Texas – Tuxpan marine pipeline since operations finally began in September 2019. Although its current carrying capacity was slightly below the Ramones I pipeline, it is projected to become the country’s main natural gas import route after the Tula-Villa de Reyes pipeline enters into service later this year.
IEnova Uses Carbon Offset to Meet Emission Goals
After striking a deal with BP, Sempra Energy’s subsidiary IEnova received its first carbon offset liquified natural gas (LNG) cargo at the Energy Costa Azul (ECA) facility on the Pacific Coast. The delivery follows a concerted effort from energy companies to reduce their carbon emissions.
Energy Reform Clashes with USMCA
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has actively sought to center the energy sector in favor of state-owned enterprises PEMEX and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), argued former USMCA negotiator Kenneth Smith Ramos. These measures are in direct contention with the USMCA and the CP-TPP agreements, he added.
New Fortress Energy Opens Baja California Sur LNG Terminal
New Fortress Energy began its commercial operations in its LNG terminal at the port of Pichilingue, Baja California Sur on Friday, July 16. The growing LNG-player aims to supply natural gas to two CFE power plants, as well as a third one from NFE, which is expected to become operational in the near future.
Helping Kellogg’s Meet Vital Demand in Toughest of Times
Over a year ago, Mexico found itself amid a global pandemic, the likes of which had never been seen before. Many activities were halted but some were so essential that stopping them would represent major setbacks to everyday life. As the stability and reliability of the grid became the center of discussion, energy-efficiency technology company Circutor was among those adding value and solving problems.
Iberdrola’s Renewable Portfolio Grows, But Investment Levels Drop
In 2020, Iberdrola’s Mexican arm increased its renewable energy capacity by 42 percent. Yet as the company is bogged down by the government’s reorientation of the energy sector, at times featuring direct negative attention to the Iberian giant, the company began to reduce its investments. In 2018, Mexican investments represented around 16 percent of its portfolio. In 2021, this has dropped to 2.3 percent, according to Forbes.
64 Percent of Energy Concentrated in Nine States as Solar Energy Advances
A total of nine Mexican states achieved to install more solar energy in 2020, accumulating 64 percent of the installed capacity for solar rooftops in the country. Data from CRE shows that Jalisco, Nuevo León, State of Mexico, CDMX, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Yucatán, Michoacán and Coahuila reached an installed capacity of 993MW out of the 1,551MW nationwide of distributed generation, reported El Heraldo de Mexico.