Mexico power generation permit tally for 2016 hits 135

Monday, December 26, 2016

Mexico's energy regulatory commission (CRE) has issued 135 electric power generation permits so far this year, some of which are the result of the country's two power auctions.

Mexico held electric power auctions in March and September.

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The permits were issued to private firms, state-owned utility CFE and state-owned oil company Pemex for combined-cycle, geothermal, solar and wind projcts, according to information on the CRE's website.

CFE was assigned 198,764MWh/y and the same amount of clean energy certificates (CECs) in the September auction, and will develop the 25MW second phase of the Los Azufres III geothermal plant in Michoacán state, and the 394MW Agua Prieta II combined-cycle plant in Sonora state.

Among the private sector companies that were issued permits are developers that were awarded contracts in the auctions, such as Tepezala Solar, Viga Solar Baja, Tuto Energy and Villanueva Solar, which will build the Villanueva and Villanueva 3 solar parks in Coahuila state.

Other companies include Spain's Iberdrola, which is the largest private generator in Mexico, and Spanish firm Fisterra Energy. Mexican department store chain Sanborns, a company belonging to the country's richest man, Carlos Slim, the controller of Grupo Carso and América Móvil, was also issued permits.