Mexican federal government stops grid link of brand-new solar as well as wind projects

May 6, 2020 12:39 PM ET
  • The relocation has actually been generated by the National Energy Control Center which declares it is essential to guard power safety throughout the Covid-19 public health dilemma. Doubters claim the authorities are making use of the pandemic as a reason to prolong a pattern of activity versus the renewables sector.
Mexican federal government stops grid link of brand-new solar as well as wind projects
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Mexicio's National Energy Control Center (Cenace) has actually enforced brand-new limitations on renewable resource release, mentioning the requirement to shield power safety throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Cenace released on Wednesdey arrangements in the Mexican authorities journal which stopped grid links for brand-new solar and also wind power projects till more notification.

Company entrance hall team the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) defined the action as approximate as well as a constraint on competitors.

" Without strong technological inspiration or completely warranted lawful basis ... Cenace has actually overlooked its lawful required to protect the performance of the nationwide electrical system as well as competitors in the electrical power market, which adversely affects hundreds of customers in the commercial and also business field," claimed the CCE in a declaration.


Business team asserted the brand-new arrangements were motivated by a paper launched by state-owned utility the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in August.

" The initial steps of this file were applied by the Secretariat of Energy versus the tidy power certifications (CELs) device and afterwards put on hold by a collection of government courts that recognized permanent damages to both the atmosphere as well as personal legal rights," the profession body mentioned. Tidy power certifications are granted to renewable resource generators. Power business such as the CFE should buy them to link any type of deficiency in the portion of tidy power they are mandated to consist of in their supply.

When it comes to steps versus the tidy power market, the management of Mexican head of state Andrés Manuel López Obrador has kind. Head of state 'Amlo' has actually stopped huge range renewables public auctions as well as has actually recommended nationwide power generation ability be broadened with 13 GW of brand-new nuclear power plant ran totally by the CFE.

Power preservation

Mexico City-based specialist Miriam Grunstein, primary power advice of Brilliant Energy Consulting, lately talked about the power 'preservation' of the present program in a meeting with pv magazine.

" There is preservation in the federal government and also it is also amusing, since the head of state strikes traditionalists a whole lot however I believe that the head of state as well as the head of the Ministry of Energy have a power preservation that I would certainly refer to as reactionary," Grunstein informed pv magazine Mexico editor Jorge Zarco. "The most current point that occurred with tidy power certifications is a strike to the power change due to the fact that it is not that they intend to fund their nuclear and also hydroelectric projects with CELs; it is not that they really feel deprived as generators; however they intend to damage the marketplace. That was the objective: not [to] decrease the value of the CELs yet ruin the marketplace."



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