Dozens of solar companies are claiming renewable energy certificates issued for “wood-burning” biomass technology are unconstitutional as most such facilities are fueled by wood pellets co-fired with coal in older power plants. A constitutional court decision is expected within two years.
The move has been brought in by the National Energy Control Center which claims it is necessary to safeguard energy security during the Covid-19 public health crisis. Critics say the authorities are using the pandemic as an excuse to extend a pattern of action against the renewables industry.
The Mexican Government intends to facilitate the planning of renewable energy projects over the next years. Clean energy certificates, which apply to power provider and industrial consumers, will increase from 7.4% in 2020 to 10.9% in 2021 and 13.9% in 2022.
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