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Mexico: Installed Capacity, Generation and Consumption [free access]

December 11, 2016

Mexico’s installed electricity generation capacity during 2011–2015 increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 3 per cent from around 67 GW in 2011 to more than 68 GW in 2015. Mexico is highly dependent on fossil fuel to meet its power demand. As of December 2015, of the total installed capacity of about 68 GW, 72 per cent was fossil fuel-based.  However, in the past few years, it has been shifting its focus towards harnessing its renewable energy potential. The key contributor to the country’s generation capacity growth rate in the past five years has been the addition of clean energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal, which grew at a CAGR of 31 per cent during the same period.

 

During 2011 to 2015, power generation grew by 5 per cent from 257 GWh in 2011 to 310 GWh in 2015 and consumption by only 1 per cent from 201 GWh to 212 GWh. 

 

Table 1: Growth in Mexico’s installed electricity capacity (MW)

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Hydro

11,499

11,544

11,679

12,458

            12,489

Thermal

47,731

48,444

48,411

47,438

            48,778

Renewable

              2,339

              2,510

              4,041

              5,556

              6,804

Total

61,569

62,498

64,131

65,452

            68,071

Annual growth rate (%)

                -

1.5

2.6

2.1

4.0

Source: Secretaría de Energía; Global Transmission Research

 

Figure 1: Growth in electricity generation and consumption in Mexico (GWh)

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Source: Secretaría de Energía; Global Transmission Research