Energy storage could cut 63 million tonnes from Mexico's CO2 emissions

A Danish-Mexican study indicates that solar and battery-based energy storage can make a particularly potent contribution to reducing Mexico's carbon emissions from power generation.

In 2018, Mexico's first hybrid system with solar and batteries, the 25 MW Aura III, came online. Study concludes the potential is 7,760 times greater. Photo: ESS

Climate activists had high hopes when Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO, was elected to lead Mexico two years back. The left-wing president had during the election campaign declared that his government would comply with the commitments of the Paris Climate Accord and invest in renewable energy.

Since then, however, many observers have been disappointed. Whereas the government sealed the breach on the leaky state-owned oil outfit, Pemex, the renewable capacity build-out has slumped. Whereas AMLO has always been candid about his distaste for many Mexican solar and wind farm having foreign ownership, an argument citing the intermittency off renewables was deployed to deny grid connection to a series of developments in April.

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