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    Fostering a Renewable Electricity Market in Mexico

    By Keith R | August 17, 2007

    Topics: Energy & the Environment, Environmental Protection, Renewable Sources | No Comments »

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    click to download the English version of the CEC reportThe other day I finally managed to read the report from the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) released earlier this year, Fostering Renewable Electricity Markets in North America (full report available only in English, but there is an executive summary in Spanish). While the report examines the current status and makes recommendations for Canada and the US as well, my focus (and that of The Temas Blog) is Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), so I of course zeroed in on the portions relevant to Mexico.

    The report is an interesting read, not too long, concise and usually to the point. I've decided to add it to the Energy Section of the Temas Recommended Reading List.

    In a nutshell, the report concludes that Mexico is currently lacking many of the demand- and supply-side drivers needed to boost significant use of renewable energy sources.  It makes a number of specific recommendations to remedy this, while noting most of them would be met if the Senate finally passed the draft Renewable Energy Law (Ley para el Aprovechamiento de las Fuentes Renovables de Energía – LAFRE) approved by the lower house of Congress (Chamber of Deputies) in late 2005. 

    What specifically does the report recommend for Mexico?

    Opportunities in the Federal Electricity Commission's (CFE) expansion planning process

    Opportunities in green pricing schemes

    Supply-side opportunities to increase grid-connected renewable electricity in Mexico

    Opportunities to increase on-grid self-supply of renewable electricity in Mexico

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