Mexico taps into renewables, with wind power leading the charge

Short and medium term projections indicate that the development of wind power is likely to take an increasingly important position in Mexico’s energy landscape. In the short to medium term, SENER (Mexico’s Energy ministry)’s projections of wind energy production far surpass the combined generation from all other renewable sources. Meanwhile, the importance of natural gas in the energy matrix is expected to noticeably diminish. Official Mexican Wind Power Association (AMDEE) diagrams suggest an aggressive expansion in wind farms in the next few years, with MW generation from wind energy expected to increase almost four-fold from 2016 to 2020. Based on the 2014 energy reforms, SENER has indicated plans to invest 79% of a US$90 million investment towards Mexico’s power generation in renewable energy sources, from 2016 to 2030. Wind power will take a 23% slice of this investment.