Mexico Considers 10 Nuclear Power Plants to Reach Clean Energy Mandates
To meet the mandates of Mexico's new national energy policy, the Federal Electricity Commission -- known as CFE -- announced Wednesday that they have drawn up four plans to produce cleaner power, and one of the scenarios is the addition of 10 nuclear power plants. At present, there is only one nuclear power station located in the state of Veracruz in Laguna Verde near the Gulf of Mexico which took 20 years to build. President Felipe Calderon is hoping that the cost of building new nuclear power plants will be financed in part by contributions from wealthier nations.
Traditionally CFE has focused on producing low cost electricity, but to meet the new requirements for reduced carbon emissions, CFE is considering aggressive scenarios to maintain the emission rates they achieved in 2008. Currently, only 27 percent of the country's power generation is carbon-free, but the plans call for an increase to 35 percent. Georgina Kessel, Mexico's Energy Minister, explained that "this is going to be the first year that the CFE takes into account what is established in our national energy strategy to determine what the mixture will be for our generation."
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