Mexico's State Power Utility To Build
Lines For Wind Projects
May 16, 2007 - Anthony Harrup -
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-owned electric
utility Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE,
said it plans to build transmission lines to carry
power from private wind-driven projects under way
in southern Mexico.
In a press release, the CFE said it
signed an agreement with private companies for an
open season to reserve capacity on lines in the Isthmus
of Tehuantepec, with the aim of determining demand.
Under Mexico's energy laws, private
companies can generate electricity for their own consumption,
but transmission and distribution is done by state
Several private Mexican companies are
planning wind-driven power stations in Tehuantepec,
in the southern state of Oaxaca, to supply their own
electricity needs. They include Cemex giant Cemex
(CX), and retailers Organizacion Soriana ( SORIANA.MX)
and Wal-Mart de Mexico (WALMEX.MX).
The CFE said it plans to build a substation
and a 145-kilometer transmission line to connect them
to the national grid.
Despite favorable conditions for wind
power in Tehuantepec, at present Mexico has only 85
megawatts of wind capacity, out of a total of more
than 48,000 megawatts. The private projects call for
combined wind-driven capacity of more than 500 megawatts.
By Anthony Harrup, Dow Jones Newswires;
(5255) 5080 3450, anthony.harrup@ dowjones.com