Mexico publishes requirements for clean energy certificates


The Mexican government has published requirements for the clean energy certificates (Certificados de Energías Limpias – CEL) for the period 2020-2022. The new requirements are intended to facilitate the planning of renewable energy projects over the coming years.

Under the new requirements, the Mexican Government intends to increase the percentage of clean energy certificates covering the purchase of power by local power providers and industrial customers to 7.4% in 2020, 10.9% in 2021 and 13.9% in 2022.

With Mexico’s Energy Reform, clean energy requirements have been introduced for both suppliers and large consumers, starting in 2018 with a requirement of 5%. In 2019 the quota will rise to 5.8%.

With the publication of the requirements, said the Ministry of Energy (Sener), utilities and industrial consumers will have more information to implement demand planning for the certificates. Among the power suppliers there is also the utility Comisión Federal de la Electricidad (CFE).

The clean certificate scheme, which was introduced with Mexico’s energy reform, will come into force in January 2018.

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The clean energy certificate scheme is also being implemented through the energy auctions held last year, in which more than 3.6 GW of PV capacity was allocated.

Within this context, last October Spain’s Iberdrola announced that it had obtained permits for two solar projects with 275 MW. The company expects both installations to be operational by the end of 2018.

Last February, Spanish company Acciona announced a bilateral PPA for a 112 MW extension of the Puerto Libertad solar project in Sonora that will deliver electricity to an industrial group. Including previous phases, the solar park will have combined capacity of 339 MW and will begin operations in 2019.

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