Mexico generates 31% of the total renewable energy

18/05/2020

The head of the Ministry of Energy (Sener), Rocio Nahle, said that Mexico has the installed capacity to generate electricity through renewable energy by up to 31 percent.

Mexico has 31% installed capacity to generate electricity through renewable energy, according to the Ministry of Energy. Photo: Wikipedia
Mexico has 31% installed capacity to generate electricity through renewable energy, according to the Ministry of Energy. Photo: Wikipedia

Mexico generates in geothermal 1.2 percent, in nuclear 2.0 percent, solar 4.3 percent, wind 7.5 percent, and hydro 16 percent, ie a total of 31 percent. Therefore, thanks to the reliability of the National Electric System (SEN), energy is guaranteed in a safe and continuous way.

The combined cycle electricity plants work 24 hours a day, using gas and steam; this technique maintains the continuity of the system and offers support to the national electricity system when the intermittent (renewable) ones do not produce.

The generation of electricity in Mexico is produced by different sources such as those already mentioned: hydraulic, geothermal, nuclear, wind, and solar that are renewable, which will increase in an orderly manner.

Of the three electric auctions carried out, 67.13 percent of the infrastructure has been installed. Of these, 4,544 megawatts (MW) are in service, which in turn are divided into 3,418.3 MW of solar or photovoltaic energy and 1,125.8 MW of wind energy.

As for the projects in process, there are 20, which will generate 2,225.1 MW, of which at least 1,229.6 MW will be photovoltaic and 995.7 wind.

Following the publication of the "Agreement that issues the policy of reliability, security, continuity, and quality in the National Electricity System", which was questioned because it would limit renewable energy, Sener stressed the day before that its main benefit is to ensure effective management of the generation and distribution of the resource throughout the country.

"Today we are living through the consequences of the pandemic and it is noteworthy that the demand for electricity in the industrial and commercial sector has been drastically reduced, thus increasing the pre-existing imbalance between the capacity for electricity generation and demand".

Hence the reliability and continuity of the electricity supply is compromised, especially to ensure the operation of essential activities and the uninterrupted functioning of infrastructure and the health system during the emergency, the agency argued.

By Mexicanist