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Mexico ramps up green energy

Electricity produced from renewable sources currently reaches 20%
Wind farm commissioned by the CFE in Juchitán Oaxaca – Photo: Carlos Salinas Enríquez/
Astrid Rivera
Mexico City
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Mexico is increasing the use of green energy to combat climate change and its impacts. At the beginning of Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, renewable energy sources accounted for less than 15% of electricity generation while it currently reaches up to 20% according to Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.

During the 2014-2017 Green Alternatives, Energy Efficiency Forum (Alternativas Verdes, Eficiencia Energética 2014-2017), Pacchiano Alamán emphasized that Mexico has been implementing a series of actions to combat climate change to reduce the country's vulnerability to this phenomenon. He expects that electricity generated from renewable sources will reach 30% by 2019.

On Twitter, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán wrote in Spanish: “We will fulfill the goal of the Energy Transition Law (Ley de Transición Energética abbreviated LTE) that establishes up to 35% of electricity generated from clean energy by 2024. Today, we surpassed 20%.”

Pacchiano Alamán said that at the end of 2018 it is expected that 34 companies will invest USD$ 6,600 million for the construction of 52 renewable plants.

He said that Mexico called on countries to grow "their ambition to a higher level" regarding their goals to combat climate change, during the 23rd Annual Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 to 17.

Among the results of the COP23 is the signature of the “Powering Past Coal Alliance”, launched by the United Kingdom and Canada, which was endorsed by more than 20 countries, including France, Austria, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Mexico, committing to phase out all coal by 2030.


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