Mexico's energy control center takes shape

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mexico's national energy control center (Cenace), created by the recent energy reforms to oversee private participation in the electricity sector, is taking shape with the formal appointment of its board members.

Cenace is the agency that, in conjunction with state utility CFE, will oversee the electricity industry, monitoring supply and demand to ensure sufficient generation and storage, while planning future development of the grid and the country's generation capacity.

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Cenace is comprised of its director general, Eduardo Meraz Ateca, and a board of directors, according to an energy ministry (Sener) press release.

The board includes energy minister Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, deputy electricity minister César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa, the finance ministry's under secretary for revenues Miguel Messmascher Linartas, and Sener's director of electricity analysis and information César Alejandro Hernández Alva.

The board also comprises two independent board members nominated by President Enrique Peña Nieto: Luis Agustín Álvarez Icaza Longoria and Juan de Dios Enrique Rosellón Díaz.

Mexico's wholesale electricity market will begin operating in late 2015, according to the release.