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Wind power boom in Mexico

By the end of this year, the national wind energy association expects Mexico to be number 20 on the list of countries ranked in terms of wind power energy.

Mexico’s wind power has not yet been fully exploited , ranking 24th on the planet in installed capacity last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
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But that’s all about to change, according to Reuters.

“We’re talking about the largest growth in wind power projects anywhere in the world,” President Felipe Calderon said recently near La Ventosa at the opening of Latin America’s largest wind park owned by Spanish company Acciona SA, a long row of turbines whirring behind him.

Producing just 3 MW of wind power in 2005, Mexico now has nearly 400 times that, and will have 2 GW by the end of 2012, says the Mexican Wind Energy Association, or AMEE.

By 2013 Mexico’s installed wind power potential is expected equal almost 4 per cent of the country’s own energy needs.

The planned build-up will make Mexico’s wind industry the fastest growing in the Group of 20 economic powers this year, said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Brussels-based GWEC. He also said Mexico’s net addition to installed capacity in 2012 could be the fifth highest of any country.

AMEE President Leopoldo Rodriguez expects Mexico’s total wind power supply to hit 4 GW by 2015, and go as high as 12 GW in 2020 – enough to cover about 15 per cent of future energy needs.

The difference in temperature between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean in the southern state of Oaxaca creates one of the planet’s strongest wind tunnels as gusts tear through gaps in the Sierra Madre mountains.

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