The Road to Net Zero


9:00 – 10:30

Mexico is in a particularly vulnerable situation given the negative effects of global warming and the correspondent increase in temperature. This could have a negative impact on rainfall trends and cause droughts that damage key sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, livestock breeding and tourism. It can also have negative effects on the health of the population, especially on its most vulnerable segments.

Fighting climate change is an obligation that transcends a single country. It has become a global challenge. This is why the Paris Agreement mandates all parties to the treaty to establish and communicate long term strategies that allow for economic development while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

The panel will delve into the discussion on how various action plans to become climate-neutral are being developed. It will also focus on how the strategies to decarbonize the energy sector by incorporating renewable energies are being used to promote economic modernization and competitiveness in a socially equitable and inclusive way.

  • William Jensen-Díaz, Advisor, GIZ- German Cooperation in Mexico
  • Nicola Ardito, Officer for Bilateral Cooperation with the Americas, European Union
  • Durwood Zaelke, Founder and President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD)

Moderator: Ramón Fiestas, President, GWEC Latin America

10:30 – 11:00
10:00 – 12:00

The possible approval of a constitutional reform of the Mexican electrical system would cancel and reduce the sources to repay current financing commitments.
How could this potential change impact national development banks? What impact could it have on financial entities and instruments such as investment funds, bonds and pension fund administrators? What could occur to the repayment sources for current financing commitments? What could happen to finance for electrical self-supply schemes.

  • Sandra Guzmán, Manager, Climate Finance Program, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Ernesto García, Director Proyect Finance, EDF Renewables Mexico
  • Ricardo Ortiz, Director of Equity Investments, Siemens

Moderator: Daniel Herrmann, Country Manager for Mexico & Central America, DNV

12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 13:30

Floating turbines will become a key component of future power generation. We are witnessing huge steps being taken to make offshore wind farms a key power supply source for the emerging hydrogen economy.

The surge in economic growth in terms of investment and job creation has prompted an increasing number of countries to comply with decarbonization commitments, while giving offshore wind a main position within their overall plans.

This panel will convene international experts to discuss plans and main challenges facing the implementation of offshore wind projects, as well as recent technological trends.

  • Rodrigo Rojas, Researcher, Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE)
  • Erik Eduardo Rego, Director of Electric Energy Studies, Energy Research Office of Brazil (Empresa de Pesquisas Energéticas de Brasil, EPE)
  • Antonio Jarquin Laguna, Assistant Professor in the Department of Transport and Maritime Technology at the School of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials EngineeringDelft University of Technology
  • Vanessa Magar, Researcher, Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada, Baja California (CICESE)
  • Russel Guzmán, Sales Manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Vestas

Moderator: Osvaldo Rodríguez, Researcher, Institute of Renewable Energy, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

13:30 - 14:30

The large-scale storage of renewable energy is a relatively new field of technology that has evolved rapidly in parallel with growing world demand for energy that comes from sources that contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The development of storage capacity in wind farms has become an alternative that eases pressure on transmission lines in regions of high electricity generation.
This panel will delve into technical solutions for power storage to confront variations in generation frequency and how to advance towards the integration of generation. In this respect, it will discuss how to make progress in the integration of hybrid renewable energy generation. Additionally, it will explore studies on complementarity in Mexico and linkages between energy supply and demand.

  • Renan Velasco, Project Manager, ATA Renewables
  • David Fernandes, Chief Financial Officer, On.Energy

Moderator: Oliver Probst, Program Director, MSc in Engineering Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey

14:30 – 16:00
LUNCH - Hall A (Exhibition Floor)
16:00 – 17:00

In the wind energy sector, it is key to carry out measurements that allow for the implementation of predictive strategies to obtain information on the condition of the equipment and what could happen to it in the future. The correct predictability of potential failures makes it possible to amortize costs and minimize negative impacts on the operation. Adequate forecasting is a strategic issue in the wind energy sector that allows for the timely implementation of corrective maintenance.

How is adequate turbine monitoring carried out? What elements must be reviewed and analyzed to minimize economic impact and avoid machine shut-down?

  • Peter Tattersfield, Director of Renewable Operations, Renewable Energy, Invenergy
  • Guillermo Cacho López, Asset Reliability Manager, EDF Renewables Mexico
  • Axel Ringhandt, Senior Project Manager, Bachmann Monitoring GmbH

Moderator: Pablo Gottfried, Director of Business Development, Pattern Energy Mexico

17:00 – 18:00

In Mexico wind energy projects are currently reaching a third of their operational lifespan. Climate conditions in zones such as Oaxaca state, where wind intensity is very high make it necessary to revise the state of the equipment —including wind turbines, multipliers and shovels— that may not be capable of functioning the full lifespan of 25-30 years.

What to do regarding the deterioration of wind turbine components and how to optimize their functioning and preservation so that they reach expected lifespans?

  • Gustavo Adolfo Valbuena, Regional Services and Sales Director, Siemens Gamesa
  • Guillermo Manzo Pérez, Senior Director and Commercial Leader for Latin America, Vestas Brasil
  • Jorge L. Ochoa, Regional Manager LATAM, UL Renewables

Moderator: Andrés Iván López Luna, General Director, ABS Wind México

* Program subject to changes.

10 years

At the 10th edition of Mexico WindPower®