Manitoba, Mexico to exchange best practices to develop small hydro, other renewables

Secretaria de Energia (Sener), Mexico’s energy ministry, and Manitoba Hydro International of Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange experiences on technologies and best practices in developing renewable energy projects, including small hydro.

Sener says Mexico will benefit from Manitoba’s experience in developing mini hydroelectric projects, energy storage, high-voltage infrastructure and social impacts.

“The signing of this agreement is an opportunity to learn from the Canadian experience, allowing us to move forward in various areas of renewable energy, social management and infrastructure necessary to meet the goals of Mexico on environmental and social sustainability,” says Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, Sener’s secretary of energy transition planning.

Mexico is working on an energy transition law that was approved by the lower house in December 2014 but is awaiting Senate approval. Under this law, 25% of power must be generated from renewable sources by 2018, 30% by 2021, 35% by 2024, 45% by 2036 and 60% by 2050.

Sener says energy reform sparked interested in participating and developing innovative schemes and technologies in power generation, which drove Sener to seek alliances to share successful experiences to have better public policies and instruments promoting renewable energy.

Signing the MOU on behalf of Canada was the Honorable Jim Carr, minister of Natural Resources Canada.

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