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Wind Power News: Mexico


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 13, 2020 • Mexico, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Mexico: Civil lawsuit: French energy company EDF must comply with human rights obligations

Berlin/Mexico City/Paris, 13 October 2020 – The energy giant Electricité de France (EDF) plans to build a wind farm on the land of the Mexican indigenous community Unión Hidalgo. The indigenous community has not been appropriately consulted about the use of their land – a clear violation of their rights. Today, representatives of Unión Hidalgo, the Mexican human rights organization ProDESC and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights filed a civil lawsuit in Paris urging EDF to . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2020 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

15 dead in fight over wind farm project in Mexico

Fifteen people were beaten to death in an indigenous village in southern Mexico which has been plagued by a dispute over an offshore wind farm project. The bodies of 13 men and two women were recovered by authorities in Huazantlan del Rio following a series of attacks on Sunday night and Monday morning. Some of the victims had been tortured and burnt alive, according to the San Mateo del Mar municipal government. Photos of several bodies were published on social . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2020 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

At least 15 dead in southern Mexico wind-farm feud killings

A longstanding feud over a wind-power project has boiled over into grisly violence, after at least 15 people were bludgeoned to death with stones and cement blocks, and some bodies were partly burned. The government of the Pacific coast community of San Mateo del Mar in Oaxaca state said Monday that 13 men and two women were killed in what he described as an attack by a group of dissident townspeople on Sunday. But dissidents who successfully opposed wind power . . . Complete story »

May 19, 2020 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Is Mexico’s wind sector repeating fossil fuels’ mistakes?

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico is one of the windiest places on earth. Hemmed in by two mountain ranges, the flat strip of land between the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico is a natural wind tunnel. A single gust can flip over cars. It’s the perfect place for turbines. The unique geography of the isthmus has brought it mixed fortunes. Union Hidalgo, once a sleepy, agrarian town, is among the predominantly indigenous communities in the area that . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2020 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Mexican communities reject Chinese solar farm in Yucatán

In February 2019, residents of the municipalities of Cuncunul and Valladolid, about 1,500 kilometres south of Mexico City, sued the Jinkosolar Investment Pte. Ltd., the Chinese company managing the Yucatán Solar Park project for violating their right to prior consultation on projects that affect their livelihoods. A judge ruled in favour of the plaintiffs since the area’s indigenous peoples were not consulted prior to the installation of the solar farm. Nor did they have complete information about the project. Despite . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2020 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

The Supreme Court annuls permit for solar and wind farm in northern Yucatan

A cyanide production plant and a wind and photovoltaic park, the latter in Yucatan, have found judgments of opposition in the Supreme Court of Justice, which denied the protection against the first, but granted it against the second. The Second Chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court annulled the permission to develop the aforementioned wind and solar energy park in Yucatan, and ordered the development of a new process for evaluating social impact and consulting indigenous communities, stating that the project . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2020 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Mexican government halts grid connection of new solar and wind projects

Mexico’s National Energy Control Center (Cenace) has imposed new restrictions on renewable energy deployment, citing the need to protect energy security during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cenace published on Wednesdey provisions in the Mexican official journal which halted grid connections for new solar and wind power projects until further notice. Business lobby group the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) described the move as arbitrary and a restriction on competition. “Without solid technical motivation or fully justified legal basis … Cenace has . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2019 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Danish wind turbine project facing stormy weather in Mexico

On balance, wind turbine projects are usually seen as a good thing, harnessing natural forces to produce sustainable energy. However, a project dubbed Eólica del Sur, Sydvind, which has been given the go-ahead involving the Danish firm Vestas, has been drawing fire from indigenous peoples in the Oaxaca region. The Mexican government is being accused of going ahead with the project and riding roughshod over the feelings of the people living in the area – one of the poorest in . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Mexico suspends ongoing clean energy tender

MEXICO: The new government has suspended an ongoing clean energy auction without saying when results will be announced or when contracts may be awarded. Mexico’s grid operator and regulator Cenace (the National Energy Control Centre) stated the suspension would allow president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s new administration to review the tender mechanism’s scope and objectives. However, Cenace, which is responsible for carrying out tenders, did not state when the tender would now be held – only that it would notify relevant . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2018 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Injunction halts Oaxaca wind farm over indigenous rights violations

A federal judge has granted an injunction halting the construction of a new wind farm in Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca. A group of activists filed the injunction request on the grounds that the rights of local indigenous communities were violated during the planning and development process for the US $600-million project. However, the state Environment and Sustainable Energy Secretary was optimistic about the future of the wind farm, which is being built by the French firm Électricité de France (EDF). José . . . Complete story »

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