Mexican regulatory authority opposes solar power communities and storage space

Aug 17, 2020 01:59 PM ET
  • With the government having actually already introduced steps which will certainly decrease the quantity of renewables in the national energy mix, additionally new arrangements will limit the release of power storage space and also the capacity of solar energy generators to offer excess power to neighboring consumers.
Mexican regulatory authority opposes solar power communities and storage space
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Mexican power regulator the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) has actually released two brand-new deliberations which forbid the establishment of solar power communities as well as obstruct solar-plus-storage deployment.

The brand-new steps terminate previous provisions which enabled PV system owners to market excess power to nearby customers and deploy power storage space, and come on top of guidelines recently introduced by the government to further impede the climbing share of renewables in the country's power mix. The authorities have taken an anti-renewables position with the goal of consolidating the position of state-owned energy the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). Previous steps included the suspension of renewables auctions and a stop on grid links for brand-new solar as well as wind tasks.

Mexican trade body the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar claimed the power neighborhood arrangement canceled by the regulatory authority had supplied the opportunity for solar power to be made use of in remote neighborhoods as well as by the small and also medium-sized organisations which supply around 80% of the country's work. "The new choice affects a vulnerable social stratum that stays in remote communities as well as lacks an electrical power grid, by rejecting them accessibility to tidy power," specified the solar organization.

The organization also slammed the power storage space relocation, mentioning: "It is worth stating that today in Mexico there are already two nuclear power plant in operation that include storage space systems and at the very least three more power plants unfinished that will certainly include this type of innovation."

The profession body included: "The two brand-new resolutions of the CRE generate uncertainty and confusion in the solar energy market. These actions are contrary to the main discourse of the federal government and also the payment itself, which have actually revealed their intention to raise the integrity of the power system and advantage communities as well as Mexicans in at risk situations."

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