September 7, 2016

Notes from Conference: Electricity Reform in Mexico, by José María Lujambio


On June 15 and 16, 2016 the conference “Electricity Reform in Mexico,” organized by Kinetic (www.becomekinetic.com), was held at the new  home of the Petroleum Club of Houston, located at the 35th floor of the Total building in downtown Houston.

Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, L.L.P. contributed to the organization of the event by designing the program, inviting keynote speakers, panelists and moderators, and hosting the reception on the evening of June 15t.

Highlights of the conference included the participation of Commissioner Jesús Serrano of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Marcos Valenzuela, Director of Market Operations of the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE), Rodrigo Esparza, attorney at the Transformation Office of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), among other leading figures from the energy sector’s companies, consulting firms and academic institutions from Mexico and the United States, such as Thomas Mueller (Ritch Mueller), Andrés Salas (SunPower), Diego Arriola (Zuma Energía), Andrea Calo (Customized Energy Solutions), Britt Burt (IndustrialInfo), Luis Serra (ITESM), Jonathan Pinzón (Zumma rg+c), Melinda Taylor (KBH Energy Center – UT Austin), Enrique Giménez (Fisterra Energy), Max Yzaguirre (The Yzaguirre Group), Carlos Romo (Baker Botts), James Fowler (ICIS), Mannti Cummins (Energía Veleta), David Muñoz (Buenavista Renewables), Ricardo Montijo (SWCA), and Alejandra Bueno (Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, L.L.P.-CCN and Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos – AEM).

The following link contains electronic versions of the presentations provided by the participants:

http://www.becomekinetic.com/electricity-reform-in-mexico-2016-presentation-materials

These presentations contain valuable content that provide information on the status of implementation of the electricity reform, the lessons from the first long-term auction, clean energy incentives, the Energy Transition Law and cross-border electricity integration, among other subjects.

Attendees’ comments after the event were very positive, specifically as to the quality of the discussions and the opportunity to participate in an intimate dialogue with experts.

As one of the organizers, CCN is thankful for the generous support in promoting the event provided by the AEM Bi-National Energy Committee (http://www.aem-energy.org) and by the consulting and government relations firm Zumma rg+c (http://www.zumma.com.mx). The prestigious energy sector analyst George Baker (Mexico Energy Intelligence, www.energia.com) hosted the welcome dinner for the presenters.

CCN will continue to contribute to the organization of events that foster honest, thoughtful and high level discussions on the challenges and opportunities deriving from the Mexican electricity reform and, of course, in building bridges between Mexico and the United States. Please stay tuned for future announcements.