Mexico’s 8-MW Trojes wins carbon credit approval

The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agency has approved an application by Mexico’s 8-MW Trojes hydroelectric project to sell carbon emissions credits.

The Executive Board of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change issued a registration March 28 for the project, built at the existing Trojes irrigation dam on the Barreras River in Jalisco State.

Private firms Impulsora Nacional de Electricidad S. de R.L. de C.V. (INELEC) and Hidroelectricidad del Pacifico S. de R.L. de C.V. developed the project as one of Mexico’s first �auto-generators,� a private non-utility project. INELEC is developing several small projects in Mexico, including 14-MW Chilatan (HNN 2/2/07) and 17-MW Benito Juarez. (HNN 12/21/06)

Trojes is to cut fossil fuel use by thermal power plants and is projected to avoid carbon dioxide emissions by 20,550 metric tons per year. A report on the project said the emissions reductions were unlikely to occur without the project activity because return on investment in Trojes would not have been attractive enough to justify investment.

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