Mexican lawmakers call for greater renewable energy focus

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Mexico must prioritize renewable power sources to guarantee the country's energy security and lessen dependency on oil and imports, according to an opposition PAN party congresswoman.

Not doing so would force Mexico to rely on oil, which will eventually run out and "leave the country in a state of energy insecurity, compromising its development and independence," said Dora María Guadalupe Talamante Lemas, a member of the lower house's energy commission.

She added that it will be difficult to meet the renewable energy generation targets without a considerable boost in wind and nuclear power capacity.

Mexico's energy transition law, approved by congress in December, dictates that 25% of power must be generated from renewable sources by 2018; 30% by 2021; 35% by 2024; 45% by 2036; and 60% by 2050.

Meanwhile, ruling PRI party lawmaker Jesús Antonio Valdés Palazuelos called on the energy ministry (Sener) to promote the use of LED street lighting among local governments, which would lead to savings of up to 80% in local electric power costs.

Last May, Portugal's Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, and French group Citelum announced they would build a 1.46MW photovoltaic (PV) plant to provide LED lighting to the Izamal municipality in Yucatán state.

The project called Girasol will consist of a 1.46MW ground-mounted PV plant across an area of 10,000m2, with a production capacity of 2.1GWh/y and a CO2 emissions reduction of 955t/y.

Girasol will make Izamal the first municipality in Mexico to have a solar PV system generating energy to supply a public LED lighting project.

BNamericas will host its 3rd Mexico Oil & Gas Summit on April 15-16, and its 3rd Mexico Electric Power Summit on May 13-14, both in Mexico City.

SOURCE: BN Americas, April 7th 2015: http://www.bnamericas.com/news/electricpower/mexican-lawmakers-call-for-...