Mexico City launches clean energy program

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mexico's energy ministry (Sener) has teamed up with the Mexico City government to launch a clean energy program targeted at increasing generation via renewables and launching a distributed generation network.

Sener, together with the fund for energy transition and sustainable energy harnessing, state utility CFE and the trusteeship for energy savings (FIDE) is promoting various projects to increase the city's generation and use of renewable energy, according to energy minister Pedro Joaquín Coldwell (pictured, center).

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He added that the national electricity and clean energy institute (INEEL), the Mexico climate initiative and the United Nations environmental program will contribute 100mn pesos (US$5.39mn) to establish a fund to promote distributed generation.

He said that the installation of solar panels on public buildings, company offices and residences could generate part of the city's power needs, projects that will be promoted under this new initiative.

The city government also aims to harness solid waste with the installation of biodigesters in various locations, as well as the introduction of solar technology for water heating in hospitals.

The energy transition law, approved in 2014 as part of the energy reform, sets clear targets for the country's shift to cleaner power generation and creates mechanisms to accelerate that transition and boost energy efficiency, he said.

The country is engaged in an energy-saving and efficiency drive in the residential and business sectors, which includes the granting of loans to allow entrepreneurs to install more efficient equipment. The CFE said last December it would save 390mn pesos, or the equivalent of around 217GWh, over the next four years as a result of the implementation of its energy-savings program.

Coldwell said in June that, as a result of its energy efficiency drive, Mexico has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 50Mt over the last two decades, making the country "a model of energy efficiency in the region."