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Weekly Roundups

US-Mexico Energy Relationship in the Spotlight

By Cas Biekmann | Thu, 10/21/2021 - 15:37

Indigenous communities see little scope for improvement in the government’s reform proposal, which industry insiders fear could be problematic for Mexico-US relationships. Read this and more in the weekly roundup!

 

MEXICO

Indigenous Communities See Little Improvement in Energy Reform Proposal

Some Indigenous organizations including the Assembly of Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of the Land and Territory deemed that the electricity reform proposal promoted by the federal government is “tone-deaf and does not promote the well-being” of Indigenous peoples, according to El Universal. Though the organization is critical of private companies that gather profits while transmitting the energy they generate far away to other private companies, it does not believe that state utility CFE’s approach would be much different from the current status quo.

 

López Obrador Meets with US Climate Envoy John Kerry

President Andres Manuel López Obrador met with John Kerry, climate adviser to US President Joe Biden on Monday, ahead of the COP26 climate conference that will take place in Scotland. During the meeting, which took place in Chiapas, they discussed Mexico’s energy transition and bilateral business opportunities.

 

Are the Sweeping Electric Reform and the USMCA Compatible?

Private companies have responded to the government’s efforts to drastically reshape Mexico’s energy sector with successful litigations. If the government alters the Constitution, the previously successful appeals to regulation not being unconstitutional will no longer work. Nevertheless, international treaties, such as the USMCA, might still provide a legal base.

 

Reform Could Cause a “Trade War” Between the US and Mexico

Should the approval of President López Obrador´s electric reform pass through congress, experts  foresee  a “trade war” between Mexico and the US, given the few available judicial instruments to overturn it, said Bernardo Cortés from the Of Counsel legal office.

 

Mexico City Welcomes First-of-its-kind Electric Buses

Yutong, the Chinese manufacturer company of commercial vehicles, delivered ten first-of-its-kind electric buses in Mexico City. Mayor Claudia Sheinbuam expects the nation’s capital to have the largest investment in electromobility in Latin America.

 

Palm Oil Production’s Waste Could be Sustainable Biomass

In developing countries like Mexico, people often rely on firewood to generate energy for cooking and heating. Using wood as a biomass is cheap and easy to access, nevertheless, it negatively affects ecosystems and the health of vulnerable communities. Therefore, scientists have proposed using residues generated in the production of palm oil as a more beneficial biomass.

 

Self-Supply Contracts: Cause for Quarrel

As a focal point for President López Obrador’s rhetoric and after last week’s presentation of a bill to amend the Constitution, self-supply contracts can safely be called controversial. Energy experts outline the discussion and show the different aspects to this long-running debate.

 

Mexico Can Install 22 TW in Green Hydrogen

Mexico has the capacity to install 22 TW in green hydrogen infrastructure, especially in areas like public transportation and power generation reports the AMH.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Cheap Carbon Capture Breakthrough

A global team of chemical engineers working with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, has demonstrated how gallium liquid metal can be utilized to inexpensively convert carbon emissions. This process has been a linchpin in the global energy transition process because its cost has often been cited as an impediment for the widespread adaptation of this technology, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) earlier this year

 

Wärtsilä's Flexible Power Symposium LATAM and Caribbean Day 1

With the COP26 summit in Scotland around the corner, integrating renewable energy into the grid with the objective to ward off catastrophic climate change is what is currently dominating the discussion. Because existing grids were not initially constructed to handle the intermittency that comes with renewable energy, countries in Latin America tend to handle the issue differently. Wärtsilä’s Flexible Power Symposium Day 1 briefly outlined some of Latin America’s renewable energy frontrunners discusses which technologies can help and where we can find successful case studies.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
El Universal, Reuters, AP News
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Cas Biekmann Cas Biekmann Journalist and Industry Analyst