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Mexican energy industry going back to the future under Lopez Obrador

Mexico’s energy industry, long reserved exclusively for state-owned enterprises, began opening up to the private sector following a major reform under President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012 – 2018). During the current administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), however, changes are taking place that suggest a return toward government domination of the industry. AMLO has stated his desire to return state enterprises Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to their former preeminent position in the oil and electricity industries, respectively, and the trends during the first year and a half of his administration appear to be toward shifting the focus of energy production back to fossil fuels and away from solar and wind. The following are examples of some of the changes taking place. Continue reading Mexican energy industry going back to the future under Lopez Obrador

Mexico energy reform proposal brings high hopes and some skepticism

We want it so bad
We want it so bad

We recently posted a brief review of some of the key reforms already implemented or proposed under the administration of recently elected Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  The most highly anticipated, controversial and sure to be hotly disputed of these initiatives, the president’s energy reform proposal, was finally presented to Congress on August 12.   In the long run-up to the presentation of the official proposal, the conservative opposition National Action Party (PAN) presented its own energy reform program, and the leftist opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) presented its alternative proposal shortly after the government made its presentation to Congress. Continue reading Mexico energy reform proposal brings high hopes and some skepticism

Mexico pouring on the green energy initiatives

Plugged in
Plugged in

On the heels of its recently concluded year-long presidency of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP16), Mexico is soldiering on with its sustainability policy blitz.  In late November, the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission (Cofemer) issued its approval of proposed new regulations under which independent entities generating power from renewable sources may connect to the national electricity grid.  Last year, we reported with great satisfaction that the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) had created a contract that allowed independent producers of energy for their own consumption to connect to the grid via a net metering system.    The new regulatory document, under the nimble title “General Rules of Interconnection to the National Electric System for Generators or Permit-holders with Renewable Energy Sources or Efficient Cogeneration,” is intended to streamline the process and lower the overall cost of grid integration for independent producers.  The administrative, legal and technical requirements, formerly distributed among various prior documents published by different agencies, will now be incorporated into the single regulatory document.  The Energy Ministry (Sener) may now publish the new regulations in the Official Gazette, with the hope that facilitating the process will hasten the contribution of new and more environmentally friendly generating plants to the country’s energy supply.  If you feel you must, you can read the Cofemer’s final opinion on the new regulations here (oh go on, we did). Continue reading Mexico pouring on the green energy initiatives