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Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop

When: Tuesday, April 4 Workshop, Wednsday, April 5 Cerro Prieto Geothermal Plant Visit
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Location: Institute of the Americas
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez

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Mexican Geothermal OpportunitiesMexico’s geothermal sector is poised for growth with a new regulatory and investment framework now in place. The new framework will greatly aid with permitting for site studies and a concession system for exploration and development of geothermal resources.

Join the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the US Commercial Service, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) and Federal Electric Commission (CFE) for an overview of a recent NREL report on the sector, as well as an outlook and insights into the geothermal sector in Mexico from key market participants and government officials.

Cerro Prieto Site Visit – April 5

As part of our Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop, we are delighted to offer participants an optional site visit on Wednesday, April 5 to the world-renowned Cerro Prieto geothermal plant built and operated by Mexican state power company CFE and located in Mexicali, Mexico. The site visit will include transportation to and from Mexicali. Buses will depart from La Jolla, CA at approximately 8:00am with an expected return time of 7:00pm.

The Cerro Prieto geothermal plant is one of the largest of its kind in the world at 720MW with plans to increase installed capacity to roughly 820MW. The first powerhouse units were commissioned in 1973 and most recent increases to its output were completed in 2009. It is an excellent example of Mexico’s geothermal energy potential, how projects have been developed over the last several years, and how CFE manages and operates geothermal projects.

Please note that participation in this site visit is limited.  The final list of participants will be contacted to confirm their participation approximately one week in advance of the event.  We regret that not all request to participate can be accommodated.

Note: The Cerro Prieto site visit includes crossing the US-Mexico border and passports and proper documentation are required.

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