Wind power is no newcomer to the Mexican energy matrix but 2016 saw strong consolidation of wind farms as a reliable source of power in the country, taking advantage of known locations such as Oaxaca but also moving past them to less established regions such as Tamaulipas and Baja California. The creation of the MEM has brought about increased demand for renewable energy from both heavy industrial and commercial companies looking to comply with clean energy targets and to reduce their dependence on CFE’s supply.

This chapter showcases the progress made by local and foreign wind power companies to establish wind as a main, dependable source of energy in the country and the increased competition it faces from relatively new sources like solar, one of the main winners of the country’s 2016 long-term power auctions. It also shows what developers, operators and technology companies are doing to increase the competitiveness of wind power in the country and deal with regulatory challenges.