U.S.-Mexico Energy Partnership Could Expand into Renewables

U.S.-Mexico Energy Partnership Could Expand into Renewables

Aug 20, 2015

by Margarita Fournier; Copyright 2015 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

On 8/18/15, Oil Price.com explored the idea that California, which gets most of its renewable power from outside the state, could start getting it from Mexico instead. That is because the Clean Power Plan could lead neighbouring states to hold onto their renewable capacity. But in Mexico, the new energy reforms are bringing private investment into its power market, including in Baja California. The area is rich in solar and wind resources, but is isolated from Mexico’s national grid. So local generators have looked north to the California market. “The Energía Sierra Juarez wind project, operated by Sempra’s Mexican subsidiary IEnova, will have an eventual capacity of 1200MW. Its first phase, with a 155MW capacity, “will soon be sending power to San Diego.” The author thinks that we do not need to stop at California. “Cross-border connections also exist between Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. At the moment, the interconnection has a very limited capacity and has been reserved largely for emergency use.” But the possibilities for greater cooperation do exist and ought to be explored.

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