Wind power on the rise in Mexico?
Last week a convention called Mexico WindPower 2013 was held in Mexico City to bring together different sectors of the industry and to promote its expansion. The president of the Mexican Association of Wind Power (AMDEE), Leopoldo Rodríguez, said that by 2020, wind power would be able to generate 12,000 megawatts with an investment of 356 million pesos, which would create 40,000 new jobs. He also pointed out that other manufacturing industries in Mexico could benefit from the expanded use of wind power. Rodríguez also emphasized the need to establish clear rules for the industry in relation to land use for wind farms and infrastructure planning.
According to the website for Mexico WindPower 2013, in 2010 more wind power capacity was installed in developing economies than developed; Brazil and Mexico are the leaders in Latin America, and China is the global leader in installed wind power. Nearly all of the wind farms in Mexico are in Oaxaca, except for one in Baja California and one in Chiapas.
Mexico has committed itself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020.