- Twenty percent of the electricity currently generated in the country comes from clean sources. The commitment is that by 2018, at least 25 percent of electricity will be generated by clean sources, and 35 percent by 2024, he said.
- Energy Reform has increased the competitiveness of our country and enabled us to reduce electricity tariffs for industry, trade and small and medium-sized enterprises, he said.
- This major investment is due to President Peña Nieto’s brave efforts to change the habits of a country and restore entrepreneurs’ trust: Governor Jaime Rodríguez Calderón.
President Enrique Peña Nieto highlighted the government’s enormous commitment to respect for the environment and the promotion of clean energy generation, established by Energy Reform and the associated legal framework.
During the inauguration of the Ventika Wind Farms, which are among the five largest wind farms in Latin America, and transform wind into electricity, the president stressed that this commitment, “Is clearly defined in the National Development Plan, which determines the behavior of all government agencies”.
He declared: “We are a generation with a greater awareness of the need to respect and care for our environment. It is essential to say this, because this social awareness did not exist even 20 years ago; this key value of caring for our environment had not been fully assimilated”.
“Not doing so would condemn future generations to not having a viable country, with sustainability and opportunities, and one in which there are water shortages, and all natural resources are disrupted due to the failure to make the timely decisions we are taking today,” he said.
President Enrique Peña Nieto explained that over 20 percent of the electricity generated in the country today comes from clean sources. “The commitment is that by 2018 at least 25 percent of electricity will generated by clean sources, in other words, wind, water, sun and geothermia,” he said.
He added that, “By 2024, we expect to be generating 35 percent of the electricity consumed in the country through clean sources, which reflects the government’s enormous commitment to caring for our environment”.
The president said that Energy Reform is encouraging investments that enable electricity to be generated using fewer pollutants. “In the past, the Federal Electricity Commission’s power plants nearly all generated electricity by burning fuel oil, a highly polluting input. Today we are doing this through natural gas or combined cycles,” he explained.
He said that, “In the end, the fact that we are bringing, encouraging and promoting investments to generate clean electricity through other less polluting sources will also have an impact on the cost of electricity for Mexicans”.
He said that the gap between the cost of electricity in our country and the United States has narrowed.
He recalled that in 2012, electricity rates in Mexico were 84 percent higher than in the United States. “Today, our electricity is actually cheaper” than in half the US states, such as California and Florida, states bordering our country, to mention just two.
He declared that Energy Reform has increased the competitiveness of our country and enabled us to reduce electricity rates for industry, trade and small and medium-sized enterprises”.
The president declared that Ventika wind farms involved private investment of $650 million USD. He explained that the Ventika Parks will prevent the emission of pollutants equivalent to those generated by 40,000 vehicles.
MEXICO IS RAPIDLY ADVANCING TOWARDS THE TRANSFORMATION OF ITS ENERGY MATRIX: PEDRO JOAQUÍN COLDWELL
Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said that Mexico is rapidly advancing towards the transformation of its energy to make it more economically competitive and environmentally much cleaner.
He said the least-known face of Energy Reform is the one that lays the foundations for the country’s energy transition towards the future.
He explained that Energy Reform has created the wholesale electricity market and clean energy certificates. In 2018, these certificates guarantee that at least 5 percent of the clean energy sold will come from this source, rising to 5.18 percent in 2019, and that it will gradually increase to meet Mexico’s set targets and international commitments.
He explained that another tool provided by Energy Reform to promote clean energy are long-term auctions, such as those that took place in March, which proved extremely successful.
He reported that work is already underway on the implementation of the second clean energy auction, scheduled for September 30.
CONFIDENCE IS BEING RESTORED TO CREATE THE ECONOMY REQUIRED BY THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA: GOVERNOR OF NUEVO LEÓN
The enormous investment for the construction of new wind farm in this state, “Is obviously due to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s brave efforts to change the habits of a country to achieve structural reform, Energy Reform, and earn the confidence of entrepreneurs who have come to Nuevo León to invest, declared Governor of Nuevo León Jaime Rodríguez Calderón.
“I just want to say, Mr. President, that this is a very healthy region. In the past, the violence here drove many people away. It is wonderful that today, entrepreneurs such as Cemex and its partners have acquired the confidence to create the economy required by the people living in the area. That is why we must transform and reform it. You can count on the government of Nuevo León for all these projects and obviously its entrepreneurs, too,” he said.
CEMEX, LIKE MANY COMPANIES, DEMONSTRATES THE CONFIDENCE THAT EXISTS IN MEXICO THROUGH ACTIONS: ROGELIO ZAMBRANO LOZANO
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cementos Mexicanos (CEMEX) Rogelio Zambrano Lozano said that this company, like many others, demonstrates the confidence that exists in Mexico through actions. Ventika Wind Farm is a symbol of the progress that can be achieved by joining forces and capabilities to trigger more sustainable growth and inclusive social welfare.
He thanked the government and Congress for the vision and leadership that has allowed Energy Reform to materialize and the agencies responsible for implementing it. “Today, these reforms are already generating tangible results”.
“Energy Reform is destined to have a transformative effect. First, because it is, and will remain, vital to safeguarding Mexico’s energy security. And second, because it is key to strengthening the competitiveness of our economy, not only through the rational use of the natural resources we have, but also their sustainable use, which will benefit present and future generations,” declared Zambrano Lozano.
VENTIKA WIND FARM, THE LARGEST IN MEXICO, AND ONE OF THE LARGEST IN LATIN AMERICA: PEDRO BARRIUSO
Pedro Barriuso, CEO of Fisterra Energy, reported that during the 24 months of construction of the wind farm, over a thousand jobs were created, making Ventika Wind Farm the largest one in Mexico and one of the largest in Latin America.
“We have managed to build a project that prevents over half a million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into this country’s atmosphere,” he said, noting that, “Ventika is another step that contributes to achieving the important goals Mexico has set”.
He described this as, “Laudable, because there is now no doubt about the role of renewable energies in the global energy mix. And Ventika is an important step for Mexico in this direction”.
He announced that the wind farm is equipped with the latest technology. It has 84 116 MW wind turbines, with a height of 120 meters above concrete towers and 56 at a height of seven meters, “Which in itself is already a record size for this type of facility”.