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Mexico Had More Than 54 GW of Electric Generating Capacity in 2014


Power generation is growing in Mexico with more than three-quarters of the nation’s electricity and capacity coming from fossil fuels, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Sept. 21.

EPRI Wave Energy Assessment Shows Vast Potential


In December 2011, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) completed an assessment of the US ocean wave energy resources with the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Mexico's Ready to Do Business in the Wind Sector


The Mexican government announced in late 2014 that it is going to implement a new energy policy that would open up the electricity market for oil and gas.

Profiling Geothermal Energy in North America


North America holds diverse geologic conditions, economic and political contexts, and geothermal experiences.

Energy Reform Package to Increase Competition And Private Sector Opportunities in the Mexican Power Industry


In April, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a legislative reform package that was approved by the Mexican Congress, overhauling the nation's energy industries.

Argentina, UAE sign nuclear energy cooperation agreement


Argentina and the United Arab Emirates signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Toshiba to supply steam turbines for thermal power plant in Mexico


Toshiba Corp., a supplier of thermal power generation equipment, will supply with two high-efficiency 165-MW steam turbines and related equipment for the retrofit and modernization of the Altamira Thermal Power Plant in Tamaulipas State, northeastern Mexico.

SunEdison announces new president of Europe, Africa And Latin America


SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a provider of solar energy services, appointed Jose Perez as president of SunEdison Europe, Africa and Latin America; replacing Pancho Perez.

GE’s gas engines to power waste-to-energy project in Latin America


General Electric’s (GE) Distributed Power business said three of its Jenbacher gas engines will be commissioned this month at Estre Ambiental’s landfill in Guatapara City, São Paulo, Brazil.

Interactive Map: Watch how fast wind farms have spread across the US


Two new online interactive maps produced by the federal government show where the nation’s wind farms are, how quickly they were built and what impact they may have on the landscape.

Brazil to lead wind power market by 2022 in Latin America


Wind power development in Brazil is growing rapidly and will provide the bulk of Latin America’s wind market in the coming years.

Vestas to supply 21-MW wind power contract in Costa Rica


Vestas has signed a contract to supply wind turbines for a 21-MW wind power facility in Costa Rica.

Wind farm in Mexico now online


The first wind farm in the western Mexican state of Jalisco is now operational.

Argentina breaks ground on 25 MW nuclear reactor prototype


Argentina began first phase civil work construction on a 25 MW nuclear power plant in the country.

PNM announces plan for San Juan’s coal-fired units


Regulators will consider a request by New Mexico’s largest utility to abandon half its coal-fired units at the San Juan Generating Station.

Iberdrola to build & operate natural gas-fired power plant in Mexico


Iberdrola S.A. was awarded a contract to build and operate a $270 million, 300 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Baja California, Mexico.

Representatives from World's Largest Utilities to Attend DistribuTECH


Representatives from the world's largest utilities will participate in this year's DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition to be held next week in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

GDF SUEZ Energy North America names new SVP of Strategy


GDF SUEZ Energy North America (GSENA) has appointed Eric Bradley as its new Senior Vice President of Strategy.

Iberdrola USA names new board members, chief corporate officer


Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, S.A., has appointed eight new members to the board of directors, with Chairman Ignacio Galan leading the board.

Geothermal energy joint venture completed


Alterra Power Corp. (TSX:AXY) completed a joint venture with Philippines-based Energy Development Corp. (EDC) that covers the rest of Alterra’s geothermal assets in Peru.

EDF Renewable unit adds wind energy project to its mix


EDF Renewable Energy acquired the 300 MW Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico from Infinity Wind Power.

Mercury Solar Systems shareholders vote in favor of merger


Mercury Solar Systems, Inc. has announced its shareholders have voted in favor of a merger with Real Goods Solar, Inc.

FERC axes permit for 1,100-MW pumped storage project in N.M.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Jan. 8 that it is terminating a preliminary permit held by Yegua Mesa Hydro LLC for an 1,100-MW pumped storage project in New Mexico.

Fieldwood Energy acquires Gulf of Mexico business from SandRidge Energy for $750M


Fieldwood Energy LLC, whose primary focus consists of the development of oil and gas assets on the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico, has acquired SandRidge Energy Inc.'s Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast business unit for $750 million.

Wind energy plant in Mexico expands by 22 MW


Iberdrola expanded the generating capacity of the La Ventosa wind farm in Mexico by an additional 22 MW, bringing it up to 102 MW.

Nicaragua seeks to rehab Salto Negro small hydro project


Nicaragua's Ministerio de Energia y Minas (MEM) seeks bids to supply and install equipment to rehabilitate the 220 kW Salto Negro small hydroelectric project.

Mexico's 750-MW La Yesca hydropower plant receives $147 million


Mexican construction firm ICA was granted $147 million on December 23 for additional work at the 750-MW La Yesca hydropower project.

ReneSola provides PV modules to Mexico glass manufacturing facility


ReneSola Ltd (ReneSola) (NYSE: SOL), a provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) products and technology, will work with Solar Power Systems of Mexico, a solar integrator providing PV system solutions to implement a 192KW project for glass manufacturer Vidrio Formas in Lerma, Edo, Mexico.

Company in Mexico receives $147mn for hydroelectric project work


Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: ICA), an infrastructure and construction company in Mexico, said it received an additional $147 million for the La Yesca hydroelectric project.

MISO completes power grid integration


Entergy (NYSE: ETR) and several other power producers and transmission owners integrated their transmission systems on to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), a move that is expected to save customers $1.4 billion over a 10-year period.

Wood Group names co-presidents for Americas region


Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) has appointed Mitch Fralick and John Glithero to lead its Americas Business, the company's largest region. 

Ground broken on Mexico wind energy project


Enel Green Power started construction on the planned 100 MW Dominica I wind farm in Mexico. Construction is expected to cost $196 million.

GE natural gas-fired turbine in Mexico to use chiller plant


Stellar Energy will supply a modular chiller plant to GE (NYSE: GE) for a turbine inlet air chilling (TIAC) system at a 540 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Mexico.

Canadian Solar supplies modules for solar power project in Mexico


Canadian Solar Inc. announced today it is supplying 8.7 MW of solar modules to EOSOL Mexico for a solar power project in Durango, Mexico.

Mexico wind energy project is delayed


Vestas Wind systems said a 396 MW wind power project in Mexico has been further delayed.

Ex-Im bank approves $61.1mn loan for export of Gamesa turbines


The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a $61.1 million direct loan to Inversiones Eolicas de Orosi Dos S.A. (Orosi) for the purchase of wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa in Fairless Hills, Pa.

SunEdison, IFC, OPIC close project financing for Latin America solar power project


SunEdison, Inc. has announced the closing of a $100.4 million debt financing arrangement with the Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government’s development finance institution, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, for the construction of the San Andres solar power project in Chile.

Eletronuclear picks AREVA to finish construction of Angra 3


AREVA has signed a 1.25 billion euros ($1.67 billion) contract with Eletrobras Eletronuclear to complete construction of the Angra 3 nuclear reactor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ontario wind energy project 50% done, Chile wind project sees first turbine


Pattern Energy (Nasdaq: PEGI, TSX: PEG) said it reached the halfway point of construction at the 270 MW South Kent wind energy project in Ontario, and erected the first wind turbine at the El Arrayan wind project in Chile.

Day & Zimmermann wins four-year contract with Public Service New Mexico


Day & Zimmermann has been awarded a four-year contract with Public Service New Mexico for maintenance and modification services at the San Juan Generating Station 15 miles west of Farmington, N.M.

GE expands facility for wind turbine production in Brazil


GE has announced the expansion of its wind turbine production facility in Brazil.

Power purchase agreement approved for First Solar power plant


First Solar Inc. has power purchase agreement approved for 50 MW Macho Springs solar power project.

The Benefits of Using On-Site Hydrogen Generation for Generator Cooling


Power plants need to do all they can to cost-effectively produce electricity.

News in Briefs


Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) appointed Jeff S. Forbes  as executive vice president, nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Nuclear effective Jan 2.Forbes will be replacing John Herron, who has spent 33 years in the nuclear industry and announced his retirement effective March 31.

Solar power projects in Chile approved


Chile’s environmental evaluation service has approved solar power projects valued at $498 million with a total generating capacity of 130 MW.

Ormat to develop geothermal project in Honduras


Ormat Technologies Inc. has announced that an Ormat subsidiary will acquire a geothermal project from Geotermica Platanares that is being developed in Honduras.

Plans for solar manufacturing facility in Brazil gains $5mn boost


Kyocera Solar do Brasil is planning to invest $5 million in a solar equipment manufacturing facility in Brazil.

Two solar projects in Peru gain investors


Conduit Capital Partners LLC and CAF announced that they have invested in the Tacna and Panamericana solar projects in southern Peru, and that the Tacna project has entered into operation.

Alstom to supply turbines and generators to Colombian hydropower project


Alstom has been awarded a contract worth around €170 million ($216.3 million) by Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) to supply eight turbines and generators units for the 2,400 MW Ituango hydropower plant in Colombia.

Babcock & Wilcox to supply coal boiler for project in Colombia


The Babcock & Wilcox Co. said that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc., was awarded a $60 million contract to design and supply a coal-fired boiler for the Termotasajero Power Plant in Colombia.