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Certificate programme facilitating Mexico’s clean energy ambitions

Mexico can add 24 TWh of clean power to its energy system by 2022 as it 2013 energy reform continues to have a positive effect.

Bloomberg New Energy Financeà‚ made the call in its 1H 2018 Corporate Energy Market Outlook stating that the introduction of a market in clean energy certificates (CEL) will lead to the uplift in renewable energy.
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The CELs are the primary mechanism by which Mexico intends to achieve its goal of 35 per cent clean-energy generation by 2024. The CEL market, which kicks off in 2018, will impose a 5 per cent CEL mandate relative to power consumption for 2018. The mandate increases to 13.9 per cent in 2022.

Large corporations can purchase certificates via bilateral contracts or through the wholesale market.à‚ HSBC Holdings Plc,à‚ Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NVà‚ andà‚ Deacero SA de CVà‚ have signed power-purchase agreements for 272 MW of clean energy, giving them a head start on meeting their sustainability goals in Mexico.

Though Mexico has an established track record of bilateral agreements predating the unbundling of its power market, with 3.4 GW in renewable energy capacity installed with corporate PPAs from 2008 to 2017, under the new rules corporations can sign PPAs in a similar fashion to the U.S.
Mexico’s three clean-energy auctions to date have brokered the sale of 5.4 million CELs for delivery starting in 2018, 9.3 million for 2019 and 5.9 million for 2020. This indicates a sizable gap through the first three years and points to the potential for substantial further clean energy additions ࢀ” a shortfall that may drive further corporate PPAs.