Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Mexico
During 2013, 426 MW of new wind turbines were commissioned in México, bringing the total wind generation capacity to 1,551 MW. The Law for Renewable Energy Use and Financing of Energy Transition (enacted in November 2008) is successfully achieving its main objectives. Wind energy is now a competitive option within the Mexican electricity market, and the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) issued a Special Program for the Use of Renewable Energy. A 2,000-MW, 400-kV, 300-km electrical transmission line for wind energy projects in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec was commissioned. Presently, the construction of 316 MW of new wind power capacity has been secured. This will bring the total generation capacity to at least 1,867 MW by the end of 2014. It is expected that, public and private companies will be capable of managing appropriately pending social requirements.
The Energy Regulatory Commission has granted permits for a total of 4,999 MW of wind power capacity. Currently, it is estimated that around 12,000 MW of economically-feasible projects could be implemented within the next ten years (by 2024). México’s largest wind energy resource is found in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca. Average annual wind speeds in this region range from 7–10 m/s, measured at 30 m above the ground. It is estimated that more than 6,000 MW of wind power could be commercially tapped there. Using reliable and efficient wind turbines in this region could lead to annual capacity factors around 40%. The Mexican states of Baja California, Chiapas, Jalisco, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipa are emerging as the next wind energy deployment regions in México.