Mexico becomes first Latin American country to join the IEA

02/19/2018 United Press International

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceBy entering the “most important energy forum in the world,” Mexico is the newest, and first Latin American, country to join the IEA, its government announced.

Mexico deposited its signature on the treaty for the International Energy Agency in Belgium during the weekend, becoming the first member in Latin America.

“With this final step, Mexico enters the most important energy forum in the world,” Mexican Energy Secretary Joaquín Coldwell said in a statement. “We will take our part in setting the world’s energy policies, receive experienced advisory in best international practices, and participate in emergency response exercises.”

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‘An act of stupidity:’ Mexicans furious after government helicopter kills 13 quake victims

02/18/2018 The Washington Post

800px-US_Marine_Corps_UH-1N_Huey_helicopterA government helicopter, surveying damage from an earthquake that killed no one, crashed in southern Mexico on Friday evening and killed at least 13 men, women and children, and injured more than a dozen.

The accident horrified and angered people in Mexico, which had seemed to escape the worst after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the state of Oaxaca earlier in the day. Unlike last year’s deadly quake near Mexico City, this temblor caused little more than power outages and structural damage in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec, near the southern coast.

The governor of Oaxaca and Mexico’s new interior secretary had been assessing the damage from the air. The crash occurred as the helicopter was preparing to land in a field in the town after dark, the Associated Press reported.

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Earthquake Strikes in Oaxaca State, Mexico, Stirring Fear

02/16/2018 The New York Times

OaxacaA 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s southern Pacific Coast on Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake was reported at 5:39 p.m. local time, shaking buildings about 225 miles away in Mexico City, where the memory of a Sept. 19 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the capital and other parts of the country is still fresh. Friday’s tremors left tall buildings swaying for more than two minutes.

No deaths or injuries were immediately reported. But 13 people were killed hours later when a military helicopter bringing Mexico’s interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and the governor of the state of Oaxaca to a town near the quake’s epicenter crashed, the Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said in a statement cited by local news outlets.

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Will Mexico’s Record-Breaking Solar Prices Pencil Out?

02/08/2018 Greentech Media

Nellis_AFB_Solar_panelsTwo years after a major energy reform effort, Mexico’s auctions are bringing in the lowest solar prices in the world. But getting those projects financed and built will still be a challenge.

Below, we answer the most pressing questions about Mexico’s solar prospects.

GTM is headed to Mexico City next week to discuss how the country can ensure sustainable and healthy solar growth. Our Solar Summit Mexico will address the status of market reform, the economics of record-low bids, financing challenges for big and small projects, currency risk, and the future policy.

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Problems in the pipeline for Sempra’s subsidiary in Mexico

02/07/2018 San Diego Union-Tribune

pipelineAn indigenous group in a small town in Mexico has disrupted a pipeline project operated by a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy by taking a chunk out of a natural gas line.

The disruption is one of a number of protests that have caused delays to energy projects in the country.

Four years ago, Mexican political leaders passed energy reform measures in an effort to dramatically improve the country’s power system. Only 7 percent of households in Mexico have access to natural gas.

Mexico will elect a new president in July and the front-runner has been a sharp critic of energy reform.

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Mexico protesters fear US-owned brewery will drain their land dry

02/06/2018 The Guardian

Migrant farmworkersCarmelo Gallegos used to sow wheat in the cool winters and cotton in scorching-hot summers of the Mexicali valley. These days, water is so scarce he can only plant one crop a year.

But on top of drought and a sinking water table, the 61-year old farmer now has another preoccupation. A huge brewery is being built in the nearby city of Mexicali, and Gallegos – like many others – fears it will suck up what little water remains to make beer for export to the US.

Gallegos and other farmers see themselves as the victims of an unhealthy deal between the state government of Baja California and Constellation Brands, the third biggest brewer in the US.

“They’re managing the water as if it were loot to be divvied up among them,” he said. “The government’s intention is to leave us with nothing, without land and without water.”

The new plant is projected to start production in 2019, churning out nearly 4m bottles a day of beers including Corona, Modelo and Pacífico.

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Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

01/20/2018 Washington Post

gran-canaria-spain-island-butterfly-67544.jpegThanksgiving was right around the corner, and a sizable number of one of America’s most famous migrants could be seen still sputtering south. Not across the Texas-Mexico border, where most monarch butterflies should be by that time of year. These fluttered tardily through the migratory funnel that is Cape May, N.J., their iconic orange-and-black patterns splashing against the muted green of pines frosted by the season’s first chill.

This delayed migration is not normal, and it alarmed monarch researchers across the country. The Cape May stragglers were only a sliver of the record number of monarchs reported in the Northeast in November and December — news that sounded good initially to conservationists. But seeing butterflies so far north so late in the year suggested that few of these latecomers would reach their Mexican wintering grounds. Scientists fear that climate change is behind what they’re calling the latest monarch migration ever recorded in the eastern United States, and they worry that rising temperatures pose a new threat to a species that saw its population hit record lows in recent years.

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