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Yucatan will be Mexico’s renewable energy center, agency says

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After announcing the opening set for August 15 of the Technological Institute of Petroleum and Energy (ITPE) in Yucatan, the head of the Ministry of Economic Development (SEFOE), Ernesto Herrera Novelo, highlighted that this is the result of a shared vision between private enterprise and the State Government begun three years ago.

In a press release, SEFOE said that Energy Reform today is creating a great opportunity for Yucatan to train human resources with the skills and abilities needed to function in the energy sector, which is being strengthened in the state, especially in the field of renewable energy, Herrera Novelo told the president of Grupo Dicas, Emilio Diaz Castellanos and CEO, Arturo Quirarte Dayarse.


Yucatan officials recently announced the new Institute of Petroleum and Energy in Yucatan. (PHOTO: SEFOE)

Officials recently announced the new Technological Institute of Petroleum and Energy in Yucatan. (PHOTO: SEFOE)

Herrera Novelo recalled that six companies emerged qualified in the first Long Term Auction to develop energy projects in Yucatan, where the state took 34 percent of the offer, which will generate an investment of 25 billion pesos, of which 8.9 billion pesos will remain in the territory.

Mexican enterprises, as well as Chinese, Spanish, Indian and Peruvian capital, will develop generation parks in the municipalities of Ticul, Progreso, Tizimín and Izamal, he said.

“Yucatan will be the center of renewable energy”, commented the president of the Mexican Association of Energy, Jaime de la Rosa Montes.

He explained that the Auction, organized by the National Center for Energy Control (Cenase), involved 103 companies worldwide. A total of 83 pre-qualified and of those, 69 presented an economic proposal, which marked a global record in the tender of clean energy and clean energy certificates.

Of those 69 companies, eleven were awarded with 5.4 million megawatt-hours per year. Of these 69 firms, six have projects in Yucatan and will be generating 1.8 million total allocated megawatt-hours per year, with an installed capacity of 842 megawatts, which will result in a better cost of energy, he said.

For its part, the director of ITPE, Manuel Evia Puerto, said that six courses will be held with a duration of nine semesters each and have an enrollment of 150 students for this cycle. Academic programs will combine training with engineering-behaviorists human sciences business focus.

The Institute will have a business school and an incubator, which will initially operate with its own funds, as well as a club of investors, to establish a link between capital owners and top-level projects. It will open its doors in the last week of July for those enrolled and the general public to get to know their facilities.

“While it is a private school, our vote is that we do not want to exclude anyone, so tailored programs for students who pass the Ceneval examination will be made,” he said, and added that currently scholarships have been awarded to the Palace Resorts group, focused on employees of its chain of hotels.

The head of the Sefoe stressed that the training of human resources will allow to preserve the stability, security and order. In addition, workers in the industry may have their families in the town, which will generate roots, since it is vital to have skilled people who can develop in Yucatan to avoid brain drain.

“In the next 24 months, we will already have the first graduates of ITPE working in the sector,” said the state official, who also spoke to Diaz Castellanos to express recognition of his vision to promote this hotbed of training, and the support of the State Government.


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