Mexico’s Demand for Natural Gas Spurs Pipelines, Disputes

06/18/16 Bloomberg

natural gas drillJuly 15 — More than 700 miles of new pipelines in Texas are being built to ship more of the state’s natural gas to Mexico, raising concerns from U.S. environmentalists who want to see low-carbon renewable energy grow instead.

Exports of gas to Mexico are expected to grow dramatically by the end of the decade. While the U.S. has a long history of pipeline exports to Mexico, the explosion of new pipeline construction is raising environmental concerns about wild landscapes, an expected expansion of hydraulic fracturing, and greater use of natural gas instead of other sources of energy such as solar and wind.

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Mexico to Auction 15 Shallow Exploration Blocks in Gulf

07/19/16 ABC News 

The Mexican government announced plans Tuesday for an auction of exploration and shared-production rights on 15 blocks of potential oil fields in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The blocks cover 3,440 square miles (8,908 square kilometers) and contain potential reserves of up to 1.58 billion barrels of crude equivalent.

Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said that the blocks are expected to start producing oil by 2020 and that investment in the projects could reach $11.25 billion over the life of the contracts.

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Are Fossil Fuel Interests Bankrolling The Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement?

07/13/2016 Forbes

nuclear power.jpgWhen the Three Amigos met in Ontario, Canada, they had vowed to collectively produce half of all their electricity from clean power sources. But what the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico didn’t plan on was that their joint announcement would coincide with the closure of a major nuclear plan in California, which has become the clean energy capital of the world.

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U.S appoints four NEMA members to its new US-Mexico Energy Business Council

07/11/2016 Dialy Energy Insider

eneryFour National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) members were recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S.-Mexico Energy Resource Business Council, a new advisory committee for the improvement of energy relations between the two countries.

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Mexico’s IEnova says recasts Pemex deal to buy pipeline stake

07/12/2016 Reuters

5337912858_1b19aea036_mIEnova, the Mexican unit of U.S.-based Sempra Energy, said on Tuesday it had restructured a deal to buy state-run oil company Pemex’s 50 percent stake in pipeline company Gasoductos de Chihuahua for $1.108 billion.

In December, Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) said it objected to a previous incarnation of the deal, as Pemex had failed to sell its stakes in a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline and a natural gas pipeline, as ordered by a previous anti-trust agency.

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Mexico ruling party to pick energy official as new head – sources

07/08/16 Reuters

Copy of PRI logoMEXICO CITY, July 7 (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, will pick a top government energy official to take over as party leader next week, two years ahead of the next presidential election, three PRI officials said on Thursday.

Enrique Ochoa, who heads the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and played a major role in crafting President Enrique Pena Nieto’s landmark energy reform, will be the next PRI chairman, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, because the matter must still be voted on.

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Mexico electricity market reforms attempt to reduce costs and develop new capacity

07/07/16 Business Day

energy - oil_rigMexico is in the process of reforming much of its electricity industry. Earlier in 2016, Mexico opened up day-ahead and real-time trading in a new wholesale power market. Although wholesale prices briefly spiked for a handful of hours, average prices in most locations during the market’s first six months of operation have ranged from 880 to 1,100 pesos per megawatt hour (MWh), or about $48/MWh to $60/MWh.

Electricity prices in Mexico near the United States border have generally been lower than prices in Mexico’s relatively isolated peninsulas. Prices in the Tijuana and Ensenada zones averaged $23/MWh during the first six months of 2016, similar to prices across the border in Southern California.

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