Gravity’s Cuarón challenges Mexico’s Peña Nieto over energy reforms

April 29, 2014

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceThe Guardian, 4/28/14

The film-maker Alfonso Cuarón, riding high after winning this year’s best director Oscar, has launched into political activism in his Mexican homeland by throwing down the gauntlet to the president.

The London-based director of Gravity published a full-page advertisement in Mexican newspapers on Monday addressed to President Enrique Peña Nieto and demanding answers to 10 questions about the country’s controversial energy reform.

Cuarón explains his advertisement as a response to an interview the president gave two months ago dismissing the director’s earlier low-key public expressions of opposition to the reforms as the result of ignorance about its benefits for the nation.

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Greenpeace urges Mexico to promote renewable energy

April 24, 2014

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceFOX News Latino,  4/24/14

Greenpeace protesters at a conference in this capital urged the Mexican government to promote renewable forms of energy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Holding up a banner reading “More Renewable Energy, Less Oil,” the Greenpeace activists tried to interrupt Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell’s speech at the second edition of Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ ExpoForo event, which ends Thursday.

Security personnel responded by removing the activists from Mexico City’s Banamex convention center, where the gathering is being held, Mexican financial daily El Economista reported.

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Mexico 100% within most favorable sun belt on the planet – #MexFacts

March 6, 2013

MexFact - Solar energy

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Lower cost of wind energy encourages municipal governments to use it – #MexFacts

March 5, 2013

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Mexican wind energy boom plays out on gusty shores

May 14, 2012

Reuters, 3/14/15

On an arid plain where sudden gusts of wind can rip roofs off buildings and knock over tractor trailers, Mexico is building a new engine for its energy future. Surrounded by towering turbines in every direction, the town of La Ventosa – which means “the windy place” in Spanish – is at the heart of a wind power boom in the country.

Mexico, the world’s 14th biggest economy, still punches well below its weight in terms of wind energy, ranking 24th on the planet in installed capacity last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). But the market is growing fast. By the end of this year, the national wind energy association expects Mexico to jump to number 20 on the list, which is dominated by wealthy European nations, the United States, China and India.

“We’re talking about the largest growth in wind power projects anywhere in the world,” President Felipe Calderon said recently near La Ventosa at the opening of Latin America’s largest wind park owned by Spanish company Acciona SA, a long row of turbines whirring behind him.

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Largest Solar Farm in the World Coming to U.S.-Mexico Border

April 10, 2012

Hispanically Speaking News, 4/10/12

SolFocus, announced the launch of a landmark solar power plant in Baja California near Tecate, Mexico, with construction starting in late 2012 and being operational before the end of 2013.

With a 450-megawatt capacity this will be the largest solar farm in the world.  CPV solar power uses mirrors and lenses to attract light from the sun into solar cells that in turn produce electricity.

“The project is in direct alignment with the Mexico and U.S. bilateral clean energy agenda. The countries share a common goal of achieving strong economic growth and energy security while addressing climate change and increasing the reliability of energy infrastructure,” said Lic. David Muñoz, Director General of the Baja California State Commission of Energy.

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Vestas wins order for biggest Latam wind project

March 12, 2012

Reuters, 3/12/12

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has won an order in Mexico for turbines with a total capacity of 396 megawatts (MW), which will be installed at the biggest wind power project in Latin America, the company said on Monday.

The order for the turbines, which will generate power for beer and Coca-Cola bottling in Mexico, lifted Vestas’s year-to-date announced orders to 865 MW, the company said on Monday. Vestas does not disclose the value of orders, but turbines usually cost around 1 million euros ($1.31 million) per megawatt of capacity.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S said in a statement the order for 132 of its V90-3.0 MW turbines was from the Marena Renovables project, a consortium of Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund, Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and Dutch pension group PGGM.

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