28 Dec '13, 2am

While Less Mature than US Market, Mexico Wind Expected to Grow

“The U.S. is a very mature market,” with a detailed regulatory regime and better wind and weather information, Valdivia said during a panel session. Mexico’s wind market has grown from virtually nothing in 1994 to a pace that is expected to hit 1,560 MW, or roughly 3 percent of grid capacity, in 2014, according to Valdivia’s presentation. Valdivia, a senior engineer, works in renewable development out of MPR’s Houston office. Growth prospects look good given 300 MW of average annual installed capacity in 2010?2013. There is much speculation about growth. Mexico had a development pipeline of 2,500 MW at end of 2012, Valdivia said. “There are three main areas of good wind” — Baja California, Tamauilipas and Oaxaca, Valdivia said. “There are very good class 6 and class 7 winds in Oaxaca,” he said. About 90 percent of Mexico’s installed capacity in based in Oaxaca. Two Spanish...

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