Mexico Energy Initiative

City of Monterrey, Mexico

Building on more than two decades of collaboration with Mexico, and similar models of successful partnerships with China and India, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Mexico Energy Initiative seeks to play a key role in supporting Mexico's transition to greater clean energy production, and enhanced energy productivity as called for in Mexico's Clean Energy Transition Law passed in 2015. More broadly, the Mexico Energy Initiative seeks to foster increased high impact, collaborative clean energy research between the US and Mexico that will benefit Mexico, California, the US, and the world.  Read More

 

NEWS and ACTIVITIES:

Berkeley Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative convenes Summit on Space Cooling Research Needs and Opportunities in Mexico

The “Summit on Space Cooling Research Needs and Opportunities in Mexico”, convened by the Berkeley Lab Mexico Energy Initiative and USAID in February 2018, brought together stakeholders in government, business, academia and civil society to identify solutions to Mexico’s growing space cooling energy demand. Read More.

Odon de Buen, Director General, National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy in Mexico (CONUEE)

Mexican Energy Pathways Initiative / Iniciativa Rutas Energeticas Mexicanas

The Mexican Energy Pathways Initiative / Iniciativa Rutas Energéticas Mexicanas (MEPI/IREM) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary, and multisector effort to improve and expand the data and analysis needed by decision makers and researchers in Mexico and abroad to enable Mexico to more rapidly and effectively meet its clean energy goals. Read More.

Mitigation Goals


Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) and CONACYT announce five projects approved for funding as part of the RFP “Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency; Cooperation with the University of California”

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 Projects in Energy Efficiency; Cooperation with the University of California.” Read More.

Members of the teams that collaborated in developing five winning proposals in response to the RFP “Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency: Cooperation with the University of California”

Members of the teams that collaborated in developing five winning proposals in response to the RFP “Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency: Cooperation with the University of California” joined the award ceremony held at Casa de California in Mexico City on November 16th, 2017: (left to right) Dr. Hermann Tribukait, Representative of the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund in North America; Dr. Mauricio Alcocer Ruthling, Director of the Center for Sustainability and Renewable Energy at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG);  Dr. Jose Ignacio Huertas Cardozo, Research Professor of the Energy and Climate Change Group at Tec de Monterrey; Dr. Michael Siminovitch, Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency and Director of the California Lightning Technology Center at UC Davis;  M.P.A. Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, Deputy Secretary of Planning and Energy Transition, SENER; Dr. Arthur Ellis, VP for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of California Office of the President; Dr. Guillermo Barrios del Valle, Researcher at the Institute of Renewable Energies-UNAM; Eng. Carlos Ortiz Gomez; Director General for Research, Technological Development and Human Resource Training at SENER; Itha Sanchez Ramos, Researcher at the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energy (INEEL);  Dr. Michael McNeil, Lead of the Mexico Energy Initiative and Research Scientist at Berkeley Lab and Dr. Diego Arjona, General Director of INEEL. 

 

Berkeley Lab Experts Participate in Sustainable Construction Seminars in Mexico

Mexico Energy Initiative (MEI) and Mexico´s Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF) coordinated the participation of two experts from Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology and Urban Systems Division (BTUS) in a week-long series of seminars on energy efficiency in buildings held last April in Mexico City. Read More

 ITC Collaboration

Berkeley Lab researchers Philip Haves and Christian Kohler with the Director of the Technological Institute for Construction, Raymundo Caballero, and  the CEO of the Initiative for Education and Prosperity for Mexico, Sergio Garcia-Bulle [left to right]


Berkeley Lab Involved in Cross-Border Cooperation on Geothermal Energy

Patrick Dobson, scientist at the Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Science Area (EESA), spent two weeks last January at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE) to interact with Mexican researchers and discuss potential opportunities to reignite cross-border cooperation on geothermal energy. Read More

 Geothermal Collaboration

Berkeley Lab scientist Pat Dobson [center] with a group of CICESE graduate students at the Uruapan hot springs in Baja California


$10 Million RFP launched by Mexico’s Energy Sustainability Fund to support energy efficiency research between the University of California and Mexico

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative (MEI) is pleased to announce that Mexico's Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, unveiled a new request for proposals (RFP) that will award up to 200 million pesos ($10 million dollars) to fund joint energy efficiency research and demonstration projects in Mexico. Read More

RFP Announcement 

Leonardo Beltran, Deputy Energy Secretary for Energy Transition and Planning; Pedro Joaquin, Secretary of Energy; Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California and Victor Gerardo Carreon,  Associate Director for Planning and Evaluation, National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT)


Postdoctoral Exchange Program

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 support by the SENER-CONACYT Energy Sustainability Fund (FSE). Read More

Postdoc Reception

Antonio del Río, Director of the Institute for Renewable Energies (UNAM); Horst Simon, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director and Lynn Price, Acting Director of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division with the three Mexican postdocs: Christian Coria Monroy, Mauricio Solís de la Fuente and Dalia Martínez Escobar.


“Collaboration Towards Energy Efficiency Buildings and Cities” Workshop

In November 2016, Mexico’s Energy Ministry (SENER), the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF), the Energy Working Group of the UC-Mexico Initiative, and MEI organized a collaborative workshop to develop research proposal concept notes aimed at helping accelerate the transition to energy efficient buildings and cities in Mexico. Read More

Workshop Picture

EE Workshop

 

Collaborators

SENER
CONUEE

UNAM

CONACYT

INEEL

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Contacts

Michael McNeil, Mexico Lead and Deputy Group Leader, IES
Alberto Diaz Gonzalez
, Project Manager