Mexico suspends ongoing clean energy tender
MEXICO: The new government has suspended an ongoing clean energy auction without saying when results will be announced or when contracts may be awarded.
Mexico’s grid operator and regulator Cenace (the National Energy Control Centre) stated the suspension would allow president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s new administration to review the tender mechanism’s scope and objectives.
However, Cenace, which is responsible for carrying out tenders, did not state when the tender would now be held — only that it would notify relevant parties of the new date following a review.
The suspension comes just days after López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, was sworn in on 1 December following an election victory in July.
Results of the tender were initially due to be announced on 2 November, but this was pushed back to 18 December to provide greater visibility, Cenace stated.
Meanwhile, contracts were due to be signed in mid-February 2019.
EDF, Engie, Enel, Invenergy, Iberdrola, and Neoen were among the developers pre-qualified to compete in the tender.