Member Country Activities for Mexico
México is one of 24 countries in the world with more than 1,000 MW of installed wind power. In 2014, México added 634 MW of new wind power to the existing 1,917 MW installed, bringing the total to 2,551 MW. This wind energy comes from 1,200 turbines over 31 wind farms located in Oaxaca, Baja California, Chiapas, Jalisco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí and Nuevo León regions. 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%.
In December 2013, México’s Energy Reform legislation was enacted, and is still in the process of being fully implemented. México has a target of 35% of electricity from renewable energy by 2024, specifically with 9.5 GW of wind power by 2018. This legislation has encouraged installations in 2014 and will make for a strong 2015 as well.
The Sustainable Energy Fund created by the the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), under the mandate of the Law for Science and Technology, is sponsoring the Mexican Wind Energy Innovation Center (CEMIE-Eólico). The main purpose of the CEMIE-Eólico is to increase and consolidate the country’s scientific and technical capacities in the field of wind energy by means of building synergy among national institutions so that activities on innovation, research, and technology can be oriented towards the construction of a stronger national wind energy industry. The CEMIE-Eólico is a consortium led by the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE). It is integrated by six public research centers, 14 universities, and ten private companies. The CEMIE-Eólico started operations in 2014, developing 13 projects that will be carried out during the next four years.