Latin America

Mexico utility studies 40,000 MW of hydro

Energy Secretary Fernando Canales says government utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) is studying 509 hydroelectric projects that could add as much as 40,000 MW to Mexico’s renewable energy sources.

Canales addressed an international renewable energy seminar in Mexico City, in which he acknowledged Mexico’s increasing dependence on imported hydrocarbons, Business News Americas reported.

The secretary said CFE’s 10-year expansion program for renewable energy includes 2,600 MW from large hydroelectric plants, 450 MW from wind projects, and 217 MW from geothermal projects.

He noted a bill to create a renewable energy framework is pending in Mexico’s Senate after approval by the lower house in December.