Mexico Oaxaca wants to boost wind power to 5.5 GW by 2024
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Mexico's Oaxaca state wants to further expand its wind generation to 5,500 MW by 2024 and continue to be the largest wind power producer in the country, the state's secretary of economic development, Jose Zorrilla, said Tuesday.
For 2016 and 2018, the Oaxaca government is targeting 2,713 MW and 4,000 MW, respectively. The state currently represents 90% of the national wind power generation thanks to 2,267 MW in 21 wind farms in the Tehuantepec isthmus.
As part of local wind projects, state-run utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) will soon auction the Sureste II and III for the installation of 585 MW in the Ixtepec municipality by the end of 2017. By 2020, the company will also auction Sureste IV, V and VI, each of 300 MW, Zorrilla said.
He also said the transmission infrastructure will be sufficient for new projects in the next years, with support from the federal government. The plan includes a 400-kV substation in Asuncion Ixtaltepec which will strengthen the Ixtepec substation and will allow for new wind power supplies.
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