Calgary-based ATCO gets approval to enter Mexico’s wholesale electricity market
Calgary-based energy infrastructure developer ATCO announced that its Mexican subsidiary, ATCO Energía, will enter Mexico’s wholesale electricity market after receiving approval from the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) to provide electricity and related services as a Qualified Supplier. ATCO Energía anticipates it will start operations by the end of 2018.
“ATCO has a long and proud history of delivering safe, efficient and reliable energy to people in Canada and Australia and we are now bringing that expertise to Mexico,” said Wayne Stensby, Managing Director for ATCO’s Electricity Global Business Unit.
As a Qualified Supplier, ATCO Energía will be allowed to supply energy, capacity, ancillary services and Clean Energy Certificates to qualified users (i.e. those customers with aggregate demand of more than 1 MW, such as commercial and industrial facilities). Prior to the country’s energy reforms, all consumers were required to meet their electricity needs through the Federal Energy Commission.
“We look forward to helping our customers capitalize on the tremendous potential of Mexico’s wholesale market while enjoying the efficient and innovative service that ATCO provides,” said George Opocensky, ATCO’s Managing Director in Mexico.
ATCO’s entry into the wholesale electricity market marks another milestone in the company’s continued growth in Mexico. Earlier this year, Canadian Utilities, an ATCO company, acquired a 35-MW hydroelectric power station in the state of Veracruz and announced plans to build a 26-MW cogeneration project on the site of the Chemours Company Mexicana S. de R.L. de C.V.’s chemical facility near Gómez Palacio, Durango.