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Private Companies are Changing the Face of Mexico's Wind Energy Industry

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Published on : Jan 06, 2015

As changes in energy sector in South America are looking towards oil and natural gas, many companies are also focusing on the wind energy market in Mexico. According to Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE), Mexico has 26 wind farms that are producing 2,559 megawatts of electricity. As compared to these statistics, Texas generates 12,975 megawatts of electricity by harnessing wind energy, as stated by American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

However, the Mexican Wind Energy Association stated that the long-term objective is to encourage Mexico to supply wind energy amounting to 15,000 megawatts. The association plans to reach this goal by the end of 2022. Currently, one megawatt is sufficient to power 500 homes in Mexico for about a year. With this calculation in mind, the point is to produce renewable energy that can power 7.5 million households.

In February this year, Mexican Wind Energy Association will host the Mexico WindPower Expo and Congress in Mexico City. An important participant this in expo will be Mannti Cummins which has a Monterrey-based company Energia Valenta. Cummins claim to fame is its experience of operating wind farms on both the sides of the border which includes wind farms at Duke Energy in Rio Grande Valley.

Presently, Energia Valenta is building a 300-megawatt wind power project for CEMEX, the cement giant in General Bravo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. According to Cummins private companies are changing the face of the wind power in Mexico and not the government. They are also changing the perception that renewables are far more expensive.

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