As court prepares to consider electricity law, environmentalists unite against it

Friend of the court brief filed by 38 environmental organizations

Date: April 5th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

An umbrella group of environmental organizations announced Monday that it would make a submission to the Supreme Court (SCJN) to argue against the Electricity Industry Law (LIE), which was approved by Congress last year.

The SCJN will consider the constitutionality of the law on Tuesday.

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AMLO’s Energy Reforms Would Set Mexico Back 50 Years

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s proposed energy reform bill is still awaiting legislative action since being sent to Congress last October. But it is already generating sparks in Mexico—and Washington.

Date: Jan. 24th, 2022

Source: World Politics Review

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm traveled to Mexico City on Jan. 20 to meet with AMLO, as Lopez Obrador is known, and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. The main issue on the agenda: How to prevent Mexico from approving the bill, which Washington argues would violate several clauses of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada, or USMCA, free trade agreement. 

This isn’t the first time U.S. government officials have signaled their reservations about the reform, which is one of AMLO’s top legislative priorities. Last November, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar expressed his concerns, and two days before Granholm’s visit to Mexico, four Democratic senators sent a letter to the Biden administration urging him to use “all diplomatic” channels to prevent the bill from passing.   

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Mexico power bill in U.S. sights as Granholm makes case for renewables

The Mexican president’s bid to tighten state control over power generation was in focus on Thursday as a top U.S. energy official visits, under pressure from her party to move Mexico toward policies more conducive to use of renewable energies.

Jan. 20th, 2022

Source: Reuters

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, is due to meet President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City at 6 p.m. local time (0000 GMT), after holding talks with members of his cabinet, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. Ebrard said on Twitter that Granholm had shared her vision for the “enormous opportunity for renewable energy in North America.”

“Mexico has such an enviable, an amazing series of clean resources that we want to talk about,” Granholm said in a video message shared by the Mexican government, noting that the two sides were also primed to address Mexico’s electricity plan.

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For Mexico’s president, the future isn’t renewable energy — it’s coal


Source: The Los Angeles Times

SABINAS, Mexico — Juan Manuel Briones was 14 when he started working in the coal mines in this remote stretch of northern Mexico.
He toiled underground for nearly two decades, only to be laid off a few years ago as Mexico began embracing renewable energy and weaning itself off fossil fuels.


Mexico’s Clean Energy Sector Gets Renewable Credit Win


11/29/19  – Bloomberg

By Justin Villamil

Mexico’s clean energy industry was handed a big win on Thursday after a federal court reversed an earlier decision on a renewable credits rule change that critics said would have been damaging to the sector.

After clean energy companies, including American power generator AES Corp. and Italian utility giant Enel SpA, filed for injunctions in courts across Mexico, a federal judge in Mexico City reversed a lower court decision of the rule change on Thursday, according to people familiar with the case who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public.

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Amid climate worries, Mexico doubles down on fossil fuels

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11/01/19 – Reuters

by Oscar Lopez

On the same September day that activist Greta Thurnberg gave a fiery speech in New York demanding world leaders tackle climate change, Mexico’s president was touting achievements of a wholly different kind: increasing funding for oil production.

“We’re investing in refineries. It hasn’t been done for a long time,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters at a news conference in Mexico City.

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City leaders to look for energy innovators in Mexico


Energy -electricity_transmission_lines10/01/19 – San Antonio Business Journal

By Jessica Corso

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is leading a trade mission to Mexico City that began Sunday evening and returns to the city on Wednesday. Joining Chamber President Diane Sánchez will be San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughes and leaders from 25 San Antonio companies.

One of those leaders is EPIcenter CEO Kimberly Britton, who called the trade mission an opportunity to build relationships with her Mexican counterparts and to figure out what’s going on in the Mexican energy industry now that Andrés Manual Lopéz Obrador is president. Obrador recently ended a dispute with several pipeline operators, allowing them to send natural gas to Mexico.

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Mexican wave: harnessing the Pacific’s blue rollers for green energy

08/30/18 Reuters

Image result for pacific ocean reuters REUTERS/Kyodo

Energy from the ocean breakers that pound Mexico’s Pacific Coast could soon be turned into electricity as an Israeli joint venture finalizes permits and financing for the country’s first wave energy plant.

Wave power development has long lagged renewable rivals such as solar, but Eco Wave Power says it could prove an effective way to deliver power to coastal communities in countries such as Ghana or Kenya that have little access to electricity.

“The ocean is the biggest renewable resource that we have and it’s completely untapped, and it has to change,” said Inna Braverman, co-founder of Tel Aviv-based Eco Wave Power.

“At the moment we’re a comparable price to solar, but the advantage on top of solar is the availability of the resource… It keeps working 24/7,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Ingeteam wins control center contract with leading Mexican renewable energy company Zuma Energía

02/26/2018 Sun&Wind Energy

windmillIngeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, announced today that it has been awarded a substantial contract by leading Mexican renewable energy developer Zuma Energía to provide a state-of-the-art control center for its operational wind farm in Oaxaca, PE Ingenio. The platform will collect all the relevant information on the infrastructure of the wind farms in real time, enabling the operator to effectively manage and optimize the operation and maintenance of its wind turbines.

The control center will be the cornerstone of Zuma’s asset performance management. It will allow them to gather and analyze a vast array of essential operating data, not only on the wind turbines and substations, but also on the electricity market and the variations of meteorological conditions. The control systems collect the continuous stream of information that each wind turbine generates every second. All key condition parameters, such as temperatures, vibrations, operating conditions and alarms are monitored and stored in “Big Data” databases optimized to work with large volumes of data in real time in a scalable way. The Control Center will be located in the offices of Zuma Energía in Mexico City.

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Mexico Awards Contracts to Secure Renewable Energy

09/29/2016 The Wall Street Journal 

eneryMEXICO CITY—Mexico’s opening of its electricity market after decades of state control is driving fierce competition among suppliers of clean energy and pushing prices down, as renewable energies gain traction across Latin America.

Mexico’s government, following the launch this year of a wholesale electricity market under an independent system operator, this year held its first auctions in which companies made bids to sell renewable energy under long-term contracts to state-owned utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad, or CFE, starting in 2018.

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