Iberdrola Charges Ahead in the Mexican Energy Market

The Energy Regulatory Commission grants Iberdrola authorization to migrate five generation plants to Mexico's wholesale electricity market, a win for renewable energy and sustainability efforts in the country.

Iberdrola Charges Ahead in the Mexican Energy Market
Iberdrola's Enertek plants transition to the wholesale electricity market, advancing Mexico's renewable energy landscape. Image by Maria Maltseva from Pixabay

The Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) of Mexico has granted Iberdrola, one of Spain's leading energy companies, the authorization to migrate five of its generation plants to operate under the rules of the wholesale electricity market. This pivotal decision comes after a tumultuous period for Iberdrola, with several of its plants left without operation and unable to deliver energy to their customers after their permits expired under the self-supply and cogeneration regime. This regime was a part of the Electric Energy Public Service Law (LSPEE) and became ineffective after the implementation of the Electric Industry Law (LIE).

Iberdrola, a global leader in the renewable energy sector, has been actively seeking to migrate these five plants to the electricity market for some time. However, their requests were previously denied by the CRE. This denial left the company facing significant challenges in maintaining its commitment to provide clean, efficient energy to the Mexican market.

The five migration-authorizations are a beacon of hope for Iberdrola and the Mexican energy sector as a whole. These plants, collectively known as the Enertek plants, had previously held cogeneration permits and will now operate under a single permit for electricity generation. Additionally, the Iberdrola Energía Altamira, Iberdrola Energía del Golfo, Iberdrola Energía La Laguna, and Iberdrola Energía Tamazunchale plants, which had self-supply permits, will now also have generation permits.

This milestone moment comes as Iberdrola continues its commitment to renewable energy and sustainability, aligning with global efforts to transition towards greener, more environmentally friendly power sources. In April, Iberdrola demonstrated this commitment by selling 13 of its generation plants to the Mexican federal government. These plants included 12 combined cycle facilities and one wind power plant, all of which were part of Iberdrola's efforts to promote cleaner energy generation in Mexico.

Notably, Iberdrola has not been without its share of challenges in the Mexican market. On October 17, Grupo REFORMA reported that a court granted the definitive suspension of the mega fine imposed on the Spanish company, amounting to 9,145 million pesos. This suspension is a testament to Iberdrola's determination to resolve issues and continue its mission to provide clean, efficient energy to the Mexican people.

The decision to allow Iberdrola to migrate its plants to the wholesale electricity market is not only a significant victory for the company but also a critical step in Mexico's journey towards a sustainable energy future. Iberdrola's presence in the Mexican market has been marked by a commitment to green energy solutions, furthering the nation's goal to reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable resources.

The migration of these plants to the wholesale electricity market will pave the way for more reliable and sustainable energy solutions in Mexico, benefitting both consumers and the environment. As the world grapples with the urgent need for cleaner energy, this decision signifies a positive stride towards a greener future, aligning with Mexico's long-term energy goals and Iberdrola's vision for a more sustainable planet.

With Iberdrola's unwavering dedication to the environment and renewable energy, and the support of the Mexican regulatory authorities, this transition of generation plants marks a triumph for renewable energy and sets a shining example for the energy industry. It's a testament to the power of collaboration between governments and the private sector to work towards a common goal – a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy future for all.