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November 6, 2019
Energy Efficiency Workshop: On October 1, 2019, Berkeley Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative (MEI) hosted and organized a workshop at Casa de la Universidad de California en Mexico. The workshop, “The Importance of Data on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Mexico”, was held in coordination with the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energy (INEEL) as part of the “Energy Observatory”... Read more
September 17, 2019
An Agenda of Collaboration with Mexico CityMexico Energy Initiative Team Lead Michael McNeil and Program Manager Alberto Diaz recently held a meeting in Mexico City with partners in city government and the non-governmental sector to advance collaboration projects on energy-efficiency.The meeting was organized by the Mexico City Secretariat of Economic Development (SEDECO) and included... Read more
April 24, 2019
Berkeley Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative (MEI) participated in the second workshop launching the partnership of the state of Sonora with the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), a global initiative that facilitates access to technical assistance and industry engagement for member cities advancing building energy efficiency. The event was held in Hermosillo by the Commission of Ecology and... Read more
December 6, 2018
Two projects awarded to Berkeley Lab and Mexican institutions advancing energy efficiency in buildings in Mexico as part of the call “Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency; Cooperation with the University of California” started work this fall. The call, issued last year by the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF) in a ceremony led by UC President Janet Napolitano and Mexico... Read more
November 9, 2018
Mexico City Mayor-elect Claudia Sheinbaum visited Berkeley Lab on Nov. 9, 2018, as part of a visit to the Bay Area to learn about urban sustainability practices. Dr. Sheinbaum spent four years at the Lab (1991-1994) analyzing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She and Lab scientist Lynn Price were lead authors of the Industry Chapter of Working Group III... Read more
November 1, 2018
Dr. Michael McNeil, Director of Berkeley Lab's MEI has been invited to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Monthly E-Bulletin on Energy Efficiency Activities (Boletin Electronico Mensual de Difusion de Acciones de Eficiencia Energetica), published and distributed by Mexico's Energy Secretariat (SENER). The decision was made by current members of the Editorial Board and was communicated... Read more
November 1, 2018
Diego Chatellier Lorentzen, a PhD student of energy engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), joined MEI last month on a six-month fellowship granted by Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). Diego will be collaborating at the Lab on the "Mexican Energy Pathways Initiative", which focuses on finding solutions for Mexico to achieve its emission... Read more
October 1, 2018
MEI's Director Dr. Michael McNeil highlighted aspects of Berkeley Lab's Mexico Cooling Initiative (MCI) in the presentation "Air Conditioning Impacts and Strategies in Mexico", delivered at the Second "KONWAKAI in Latin America" seminar held last month in Mexico City. The event was convened by air conditioner manufacturer Daikin and included the participation of Mexican government officials,... Read more
June 19, 2018
Last month, the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Johnson Controls, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted the “Forum on National-Subnational Collaboration for Building Energy Efficiency,” in Mexico City. The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) event brought together stakeholders from government, industry, development banks, and international cooperation agencies to discuss the role... Read more
June 6, 2018
Odón De Buen, Director General of Mexico’s National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) and Andrew McAllister, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission (CEC), led the California-Mexico Energy Efficiency Webinar held in early June to discuss current activities supporting energy efficiency and opportunities for collaboration.The webinar, hosted by CEC in partnership with... Read more
June 6, 2018
A recent analysis by Berkeley Lab on the importance of space cooling (air conditioning) in Mexico's energy landscape found that this use accounted for a summer electricity consumption increase by 30%; represents nine percent of total electricity use and produces a peak electricity demand of 7.5 GW. In addition, space cooling absorbs over $US 3 billion per year in energy bills and subsidies,... Read more
June 6, 2018
According to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, buildings account for nearly 25% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.In Mexico, the World Resources Institute estimates that end-user energy consumption in buildings accounts for almost 20% of all end-user energy consumption in the country. Thus, energy efficient buildings will play a large role in Mexico's transition... Read more
November 6, 2017
Mexico's Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico (SENER), Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, led a ceremony held at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City on November 16, 2017 to announce the funding awards for five projects that Mexican research institutions developed in partnership with University of California (UC) colleagues in response to... Read more
November 1, 2017
Mexico's Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition at SENER, Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, led a ceremony held at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City on November 16, 2017 to announce the funding awards for five projects that Mexican research institutions developed in partnership with UC colleagues in response to the US$10 million Request for Proposals (RFP) "Collaboration... Read more
June 1, 2017
Berkeley Lab was actively involved in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the exploration of geothermal energy potential in Mexico through technical support provided for the development of the Cerro Prieto geothermal field in Baja California, one of the largest hot water geothermal systems in North America.Currently, the Cerro Prieto geothermal field has an installed capacity of 570 MW and,... Read more
November 29, 2016
This collaborative workshop, co-sponsored by SENER, the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF), the Energy Working Group of the UC-Mexico Initiative, and Berkeley Lab's Mexico Energy Initiative, was held November 29 - December 1, 2016, at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City. The event brought together researchers from 10 Mexican institutions, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC... Read more
June 1, 2016
In Fall 2016, three postdoctoral fellows from the Institute of Renewable Energy (IER) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico started a fellowship at Berkeley Lab with the support of the SENER-CONACYT Energy Sustainability Fund (FSE).A welcome reception attended by the Consul General of Mexico, Gemi José González López, and the Director of IER, Antonio del Rio, was held on November 9 to... Read more