Clean Energy and Intelligent Interconnections

Natural Gas Production: A Binational Approach

by Editors

The U.S. and Mexico face similar challenges in obtaining natural gas both internationally and domestically, but take unique approaches to satisfy demands.  These articles address the binational strategies. 

Re-Energizing the Border: Renewable Energy, Green Jobs and Border Infrastructure

This study examines the effects of investment in renewable energy projects in Mexican border-states in terms of employment, infrastructure, human capital, and social participation. The study focuses on development potential to be gained from three specific energy endeavors: wind, solar, and Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) projects.  Citing the successes of wind energy in Sweetwater, Texas, the authors argue that northern Mexican states, such as Tamaulipas, would experience substantial increases in living standards and economic development if they followed the Sweetwater example.  The study relies on the research from the fields of public policy, international relations, economics and engineering.

Este estudio examina los efectos que tiene la inversión en proyectos de energía renovable en estados fronterizos en México, en términos de empleo, infraestructura, capital humano y participación social. El estudio se enfoca en el desarrollo que se podría generar a través de la energía solar, eólica, y proyectos de desechos sólidos municipales. Basándose en el éxito de la energía solar en Sweetwater, Texas, los autores argumentan que estados del norte de México, como Tamaulipas, podrían experimentar mejoras en la calidad de vida y mayor desarrollo económico si siguieran el ejemplo tejano. El estudio se basa en investigación en áreas como política pública, relaciones internacionales, economía e ingeniería.

To view the study, please click here: Re-Energizing the Border: Renewable Energy, Green Jobs and Border Infrastructure

 

Prospectiva del Mercado de Gas Natural, 2012-2026

This Mexican government study describes and analyzes the country’s future natural gas needs. The study begins with a description of the international natural gas market (including reserves, production, storage, demand, and price) followed by an explanation of the current normative framework which regulates the Mexican natural gas market. It then details the demand, production, infrastructure, commerce, and national prices of natural gas in the Mexican market over an eleven year period, 2000 to 2011. The final chapter develops two different supply scenarios that go hand-in-hand with Mexico’s National Energy Strategy, 2012-2026, and includes—for the first time—the exploration of shale gas. It also analyzes the expected domestic demand for natural gas in the same time frame.

Este estudio, hecho por el gobierno mexicano, describe y analiza las necesidades futuras del país en materia de gas natural. El estudio comienza con una descripción del mercado internacional de gas natural (incluyendo reservas, producción, almacenamiento, demanda y precio) seguido por una explicación del marco normativo actual que regula  el mercado de gas natural en México. Continúa detallando la demanda, producción, infraestructura, comercio y precios nacionales del mercado mexicano en un periodo de once años – 2001 a 2011. El último capítulo establece dos escenarios de oferta que van de acuerdo a la Estrategia Nacional de Energía, 2012 – 2026, e incluyen—por primera vez—la explotación de shale gas. También analiza la demanda esperada doméstica de gas natural para dicho periodo.

Please click the following link, Prospectiva del Mercado de Gas Natural, 2012-2026, to read the full report prepared by the Mexican Secretary of Energy’s Office

 

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction

This Pacific Institute publication takes a critical look at the impact of hydraulic fracturing and unconventional natural gas extraction more broadly on water resources. Based on extensive interviews with a diverse group of stakeholders, this study aims cuts through the controversy and identifies the real concerns of U.S-based actors, from government, industry, academia, environmental groups and community-based organizations, with a real stake in hydraulic fracturing.  These interviews uncovered a surprising degree of agreement about the concerns and issues associated with fracking, especially related to the availability and quality of water resources and the lack of credible and comprehensive information about key water-related risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.

Este reporte por el Instituto del Pacífico examina el impacto del proceso de fractura hidráulica y de la extracción de gas natural no convencional en el agua. Entrevistando a los diversos grupos interesados, este estudio busca romper con la controversia e identificar las preocupaciones reales para diferentes actores de los Estados Unidos, como el gobierno, la industria, la academia, grupos medioambientales y organizaciones civiles, que se ven realmente amenazados por los procesos de fractura hidráulica. Los resultados de dichas entrevistas mostraron un sorprendente nivel de acuerdo en cuanto a preocupaciones y problemas asociados con el proceso de fractura, especialmente aquellos relacionados con la disponibilidad y calidad del agua, y en cuanto a la falta de información comprensible y fidedigna sobre los riesgos que conlleva este proceso en los recursos acuáticos.

Please click the following link to read Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction, a June 2012 study undertaken by the Pacific Institute

 

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

The U.S.-Mexico Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there.

 

Each short essay is coupled with suggested background readings for those interested in a more detailed understanding of the issue at hand.  And as an electronic publication, both the essays and their associated resource pages are updated as needed to keep the information and analysis fresh.
 

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