MISS 2018
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Mexico infrastructure & sustainability summit 2018: Disseminating IoT And How Mexico Can Create Sustainable Cities panel highlights
Luis Rubio
Insight
Luis Rubio
Partner at Holland & Knight
“I believe we should have seen stronger changes from the reform than those we have seen so far. At the moment, expectations are not being met.”
Iram González
Roundtable
Iram González
Director General
O-Tek

I think the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018 will see some increase in federal budgets for infrastructure projects. Conversely, the second half of 2018 and the first of 2019 will be troublesome. During this period, the current president will leave office and the next one will enter. Projects that are already under construction will be given guarantees of continuity but new projects will be scarce. Anticipating that, O-tek is focusing on client diversification by increasing its participation in the private market, in industrial parks and real estate developments. However, because of the line of business in which O-tek thrives, this will only help us get by. O-tek is interested in selling pipes by the kilometer rather than by the meter.

The 2018 presidential elections are fast approaching. The current administration has prioritized the development of vital projects for Mexico.
Carlos Ochoa
View from the Top
Carlos Ochoa
Partner
Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight is an international law firm specialized in Mexico’s growing power and oil and gas industries.
Derek Woodhouse
Roundtable
Derek Woodhouse
Partner
Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow

The short-term auctions are among the big puzzles for next year. The Ministry of Energy already published the capacity market manual, a milestone for the industry, and the next one on our list is the manual for establishing three-year contracts for capacity and electricity, known as short-term auctions. CFE’s subsidiaries are still in the process of putting their structures together but next year they will play an important role in the market. For us, 2016 was a transition year but 2017 will be the actual period where the market is up and running, boosting real competition. We can say without a doubt that next year will be the most interesting period for the Energy Reform. We also expect consultancies and law firms to step up their game, which would make the reform’s implementation more dynamic and faster and would spice up competition.

The Energy Reform has triggered changes across the industry in a short period of time, forcing power companies to react and adapt quickly.
MEXICO'S ELECTRICITY GENERATION BY SOURCE IN THE NEW POLICIES SCENARIO 2000-2040
Analysis
The Energy Reform has transformed the electricity industry, reshaping the way power will be generated, transmitted, distributed and sold.
José Prado
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José Prado
Partner
Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight is a law firm providing legal services and advice on corporate and project finance, among others
Many tasks lie ahead to mobilize new investment, develop regulations and institutions but the initial signs are positive
Analysis
2016 was the year the Mexican energy sector achieved escape velocity from over 70 years of a state monopoly in electricity.
José Antonio Prado
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José Antonio Prado
Partner
Holland & Knight
While the industry has slowed down, we have seen new projects submitting for permits even though the regulations have not been fully established
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