Leopoldo Rodríguez

President, Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE)


DOUBLING UP

We had just 2 MW of installed capacity in 2006, and we have just crossed the milestone of the first 1,000 MW of capacity in March 2012. We expect to double that by 2013.

FULL GRID

In solar we are seeing that costs are decreasing and efficiency is increasing dramatically, but we believe that it will take a few years still to reach full competitiveness. However, now we are close to full grid parity.

SUPPORT THE GOALS

The long-term goals for the industry need to be supported by sound, long-term planning, an even better legal framework, an expanded and reinforced transmission grid, and the growth of small producers.


Thomas Mueller-Gastell

Director, EDF Mexico


ALL IN OAXACA

Our first wind farm was built in 2009 and became operational in April 2010. All of our farms are in Oaxaca, which has fantastic wind resources. It is one of the best places for farms of their type.

BEING COMPETITIVE

It is important to know that there is no subsidy for renewables in Mexico like there is in Europe with the feed-in tariff or with production and investment tax credits in the US. This means we have a different playing field than in the other countries, and we have to be more competitive.

SOLID OPTIMISM

We are still busy on the construction of our third wind farm and we are bidding for another private project. For 2014, we are keeping busy with new projects. We are looking into solar, and there may be a possibility with a small producer.



Daniel Pardo

Country Manager Mexico, GL Garrad Hassan


GOOD REASON

We consider Mexico an important country for the development of renewables in the Latin American region. It is the second biggest wind energy market in Latin America, and that in itself is a very good reason to be present.

A WIDE SPECTRUM

GL Garrad Hassan works with developers, lenders, investors, government institutions, regulators, and NGOs. We work for project owners and operators as well. The company covers the spectrum of clients in the Mexican renewables market.

ROOM TO CHANGE

The energy matrix in Mexico is dominated by conventional sources of energy. There is a large portion of that matrix that can be changed from fossil fuels, gas, and nuclear to renewable wind and solar.


Adrian Katzew Corenstein

General Manager Mexico, Central America & Caribbean, Vestas


SELF-SUPPLY

There are a number of firms that are executing projects related to interconnection capacity under the self-supply model. The self-supply model is a very particular innovation for Mexico, where private companies can build projects to supply their own power needs.

NOW UNTIL THEN

We carried out an assessment of Mexico clean energy goals, and our conclusion is that in this market wind energy has the potential to meet all of the clean energy needs for Mexico from now until 2024.

OUTSTANDING POSITION

We are the leader in the industry in terms of moving technology forward, and we have the largest manpower base in R&D. We have outstanding facilities in a number of areas.