Mexico Oil Regulators Approve Bidding Process for 12 Exploration Blocks

08/23/16 The Wall Street Journal

oil wellMEXICO CITY—Mexican oil regulators on Tuesday approved a bidding process for a dozen exploration and production areas containing mostly natural gas, the sixth auction since the country opened the industry to private and foreign investment.

The auction includes 12 onshore blocks, nine in the Burgos basin of northern Mexico and three in the south of the country. Contracts are for 30 to 40 years, including exploration, development and production periods.

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Complaints on the rise against Mexico’s CFE

08/22/2016 BNamericas

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State power utility CFE is one of the leading Mexican companies when it comes to customer complaints.

Federal consumer protection agency Profeco says 4% of the complaints it fields are against the utility, mainly about its metering system and billing. Complaints against CFE rose to 29,002 last year, 11% higher than in 2014, which in turn saw a 38% rise from 2013.

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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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UN hails ambitious Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change

UN News Centre  07/04/16

AlaskaThe head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today hailed as “a major breakthrough” a recent announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.

“The new North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership is a major breakthrough and raises hopes that we can still limit temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as envisaged in the Paris Agreement on climate,” said Robert Glasser, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the head of UNISDR, in a news release.

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North America’s Big Agenda

6/29/2016 The News

By Earl Anthony Wayne, Mexico Institute Public Policy Fellow

When Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on June 29 at the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS), they will have two big tasks: First, to explain why cooperation between the three countries is of great value; and second, to approve an action agenda that will produce good results for economic growth, mutual security, the environment and international cooperation.

Since Mexico hosted the “Three Amigos” Summit in 2014, the U.S. political debate has turned critical of cooperation across the continent, spiced with toxic rhetoric aimed at Mexico. The leaders will meet as the U.K. vote has shaken the EU’s model of deep cooperation, and as all three North American economies need more growth and better performance. At the same time, collaboration and understanding between the three governments has improved significantly, and the connectivity between the economies has deepened. Mexican, Canadian and U.S. trade totals $1.2 trillion a year, with over $850 billion invested by the three countries in their neighbors’ economies, and the non-economic cooperation is vast.

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