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The Americas: Mexico

Mexico Electricity Regulatory Partnership:
Navigating Mexico’s Energy Reform

CRE participants discuss smart grid and cybersecurity in Mexico City, Mexico, during an activity in September 2014.

The Energy Sector

With the passage of Energy Reform, Mexico’s electricity sector is moving from a centralized structure to privatization and competition. The goal of the power sector reform in Mexico is to increase industrial competitiveness for the benefit of both consumers and the manufacturing industry. Energy reform has dramatically shifted the direction of the sector to a more competitive market approach.

Structural changes to the electricity sector created an Independent System Operator, the National Center for Energy Control, and granted increased regulatory authority for the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). 

 

Our Work

Through the support of the Power Sector Program in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, NARUC is supporting CRE as it builds a new regulatory framework in line with broader national reforms. The partnership utilizes peer-to-peer support to address priority regulatory and energy policy issues at CRE, including goals to reduce electricity rates, encourage private investment, promote clean energy generation and guarantee transparency. The partnership is built on NARUC’s previous partnership with CRE under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

Selected Results

Tariffs
Through USAID support, NARUC experts assisted CRE in developing new tariff instructions for electricity, including documents and methodologies for billing and rate design. CRE previously did not have specific procedures or formulas for billing or rate design.

Clean Energy
Through USAID support, NARUC experts collaborated with CRE to create a new timeline for implementing Clean Energy Certificates. This will encourage the energy generation from renewable sources by providing another financial incentive for generators.

At A Glance

Project Dates: 2012-2017, 2018 - Present

Partners:

Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission

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