Clean Energy and Intelligent Interconnections

Cross Border Electric Interconnection: Fostering Renewable Energy and Electricity Trade

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Mexico is utilizing its capacity for wind energy production in both the north and south; however, exporting that wind energy to the U.S. requires increased binational cooperation from the government as well as private companies.

Wind Potential in Northern Mexico 

The dramatic growth in wind energy production in the Mexico south under President Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), and the anticipated expansion of wind energy parks in Mexico’s northern border region motivated this study. Despite its great success in expanding electricity generation, wind production in the southern state of Oaxaca was surrounded by controversy and significant social conflict. This report evaluates the wind generation potential of the Mexican north and considers how the development of this resource might avoid the mistakes that have plagued the Oaxacan wind sector.

El drástico crecimiento de la producción de energía eólica en el sur de México, promovido por el presidente Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), y la anticipada expansión de parques de energía eólica en la región fronteriza del norte de México motivaron este estudio. No obstante el éxito que se presenció en la expansión de la generación de electricidad, la producción eólica en el estado de Oaxaca fue rodeado por controversias e importantes conflictos sociales. Este reporte evalúa el potencial de generación eólica en el norte de México y considera cómo el desarrollo de este recurso podría evitar los errores que han plagado al sector eólico oaxaqueño.

To read Duncan Wood’s article, please click the following link: Wind Potential in Northern Mexico.

Estudio del Potencial de Exportación de Energía Eólica de México a los Estados Unidos

Este reporte analiza la creciente demanda por energía renovable en California y Texas, así como el potencial de oferta de los estados mexicanos de Baja California y Oaxaca. El reporte argumenta que, aunque existen diversas ventanas de oportunidad para exportar energía eólica, especialmente a través de la frontera California/Baja California, también existen ciertas dificultades para el establecimiento de comercio de energía limpia entre fronteras. Estas dificultades incluyen la falta de canales de transmisión así como poca cooperación entre fronteras, particularmente entre instituciones regulatorias, compañías eléctricas y desarrolladoras de proyectos. El estudio sugiere una serie de recomendaciones para superar estas barreras.

The USAID report analyzes the growing demand for renewable energy in California and Texas and the potential for the Mexican states of Baja California and Oaxaca to supply it. The report argues that while the potential for exporting wind energy, especially through the Baja California/California Baja border, is great, there are a series of obstacles to establishing this cross-border trade in clean energy. These obstacles include an insufficient number of transmission channels and limited cross-border cooperation, particularly among regulatory institutions, electric companies, and project developers. The report suggests a series of recommendations to overcome these barriers.

Please click the following link to view Estudio del Potencial de Exportación de Energía Eólica de México a los Estados Unidos, a study conducted by PA Government Services, Inc., a subsidiary of the PA Consulting Group, on behalf of USAID.


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George Baker, editor of Mexico Energy Intelligence

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