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112 MW geothermal capacity added in Mexico in 2015

Los Azufres III, Phase 1 (Unit 17) geothermal power plant, Mexico (source: ThinkGeoEnergy, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 4 Aug 2016

In its annual status report on energy development in Mexico, SENER reports an increase of installed geothermal power generation capacity in the country of 112 MW in 2015.

The Energy Secretariat of Mexico (SENER) recently presented its “Report on the advance of clean energy [development] 2015” (pdf).

In 2015, about 72% of electricity generated in Mexico came from fossil fuel based power generation, 25% from renewable energy sources and about 3% from other sources.

At the end of 2015, the geothermal power generation capacity represented 925.6 MW, or 1.36% of the total installed power generation capacity in the country.

The major source of electricity from renewables is hydropower, which represents more than 75% of overall renewable energy generation capacity, followed by wind and geothermal energy.

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The report highlights that more than 900 MW in renewable energy power generation capacity was added in2015. This is represented by 768 MW of wind power, 112 MW of geothermal capacity and 56 MW from Solar PV.

Mexican law provides for a target of 25 percent clean energy by 2018, 30 percent in 2021 and 35 percent in 2024 and to achieve these goals there are several mechanisms, including the scheme auction clean energy introduced recently.

Source: PV Magazine, SENER report (pdf)