• Mexico is committed to increasing its share of clean energy generation from 25 percent today to 35 percent in 2024.

• Energy Reform is not a promise for the future, it is a reality that we are experiencing today.

The president inaugurated the Azufres III Geothermal Power Station , Phase 1.

During the inauguration of the Azufres III Geothermal Power Station Phase I, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that through the structural reforms, the government is seeking to ensure that our country, “Makes better use of the potential of its natural resources while continuing to promote the development of our economy in accordance with Mexico’s commitment to the environment.”

He said that, “Respect and care for the environment are not at odds with our country's potential for development. Today we are using these efforts to reconcile these two objectives: respect the environment and at the same time, grow our economy more efficiently, and provide well-being for Mexican families.”

The president said that Mexico is regarded as one of the countries that generates geothermal energy and has great potential in this area.

He stressed that Mexico has a strong commitment to itself and the world because we believe in the commitment to care for the environment.

He said that as a result, “The law has made a commitment to increase what is now generated through renewable, clean energy, which is in the order of 25 percent, to 35 per cent by the year 2024; that is, just over one-third will be able to be generated through renewable, clean energy. That is Mexico’s commitment to the care, respect and protection of the environment.”

President Peña Nieto declared that Energy Reform enables, “The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to become one of the companies generating the most electricity from clean, renewable sources, through the use of state-of-the-art technologies.”

“As a result of this, the CFE is not lagging behind. It full understands the global challenge we face as a country, which is electricity generation,” he said.

The president said that Michoacán is one of the states where all the electricity is generated from clean, renewable sources. “We want to extend this to the rest of the country. That is what we are doing with the modernization of the various electricity generating plants, and most significantly we will be doing so through a plan that is advancing significantly through the construction of a gas pipeline network in the country.

The project, he said, has been materializing and involves expanding the gas pipeline network installed in the country by at least 75 percent.” In short, he continued, “We will be very close to doubling the country’s installed pipeline network.”

He said that this will allow, “Industries to be more competitive, and enable certain parts of the country that currently lack natural gas to benefit from it and attract investment. It also means that in the energy sector, we will continue generating cleaner electricity.”

The president pointed out that Energy Reform, one of the most important in the economic sphere, will not only allow cleaner energy to be produced, but also enable its production at a lower cost, “And therefore lower rates for Mexican families.”

“Energy Reform is not a promise for the future; It is a reality that we are experiencing today, because the infrastructure the CFE has been developing and current participation by the private sector has permitted a significant reduction in electricity rates,” he explained.

He said that, “In September this year, industrial rates are up to 30 percent lower than they were just a year ago. That makes our industries more competitive and better able to compete with those from other countries.”

He added that, “In the commercial sector, the largest and most widespread one in the country, rates have been reduced by up to 18 percent.” In high consumption domestic use, he added, “Rates have been reduced by 7.8 percent, and in low-consumption households, which previously saw annual increases in their rates, their rates have dropped by 2 percent this year.”

President Peña Nieto stressed the government’s commitment, “To continue working on this route to achieve our goal: the implementation of the various structural reforms we have achieved.”

At the end of the event, the President toured the steam duct area, the access point to the machines, the control room and electrical substation of the Geothermal Power Station.

ENERGY REFORM ENCOURAGES CHEAPER, MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION: ENRIQUE OCHOA REZA

Director General of CFE Enrique Ochoa Reza said that the Azufres III Geothermal Power Station , Phase 1, reflects the priorities of the Energy Reform promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto and that it, “Encourages the construction of renewable electricity power stations, at a lower cost and with more environmentally-friendly processes.”

He reported that the power station, “Has 53 megawatts of installed capacity, with an investment of one billion pesos, and its construction created approximately 500 jobs, mostly for residents of the State of Michoacán,” adding that its capacity is equivalent to the electricity consumption of the city of Morelia.

Ochoa Reza said that if the CFE makes the necessary investment to generate electricity from renewable sources, as in this plant, it will be able to compete in the country's new electricity generation market, which will help reduce electricity rates and also ensure job security for the workers of this productive state enterprise.

“The Federal Electricity Commission will continue to work so that Energy Reform translates into concrete results for the economic, social and cultural development of all Mexicans,” he declared.

NEVER BEFORE HAS A PROJECT HAD SUCH A LARGE AMOUNT OF FINANCING, OVER 1 .2 BILLION PESOS: GOVERNOR OF MICHOACÁN

Governor of Michoacán Salvador Jara Guerrero, explained that this Geothermal Power Station is undoubtedly an important step not only for the state but also for Mexico.

He said that never before had a project involved so much financing: over 1.2 billion pesos, and that it involved a broad-ranging partnership: "Public universities in Michoacán, Baja California, entrepreneurs from around the country, and of course the state and federal governments.”

The governor said that this will be his last official act as governor. He thanked the President Peña Nieto, on behalf of all the residents of Michoacán, “For the support we have received from you and the entire Federal Cabinet.”

"I think we will be leaving a Michoacán in order, still with many difficulties, but we could not have made any progress if it had not been for the great support and trust of Michoacán, legislators, and especially, the coordination with the Federal Government,” he explained.

THE SO-CALLED SILENT REFORM, ELECTRICITY REFORM, IS NO LONGER ON THE WAY; IT IS UP AND RUNNING AND MAKING ITSELF FELT IN THE POCKETS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE: FRANCISCO MEDINA CHÁVEZ

The new Azufres III Power Station, Phase I confirms that Energy Reform is working and on track. The so-called silent reform, Electricity Reform, is no longer on its way but up and running: “It is already being felt in the pockets of millions of people who are spending less, and companies that already have substantial savings,” said Francisco Medina Chávez, Director General of FAME Group.

The Michoacan businessman thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for the support provided to the state through the Michoacán Plan and called for its continuity under the new state government.

“Today we can look ahead, we can get back out on the streets with confidence. We can have impetus to continue to invest, we can confidently invite family and friends to visit us. Federal support allowed us to have a clean electoral process without major complications, contrary to what many hoped for,” he said.