Hydrocarbon-powered energy plants might not be the center of many visions of the world’s energy future but the increasing availability of cleaner-burning natural gas in Mexico and the US is definitely creating an opportunity to generate cheap and dependable power, while at the same time helping comply with more stringent environmental goals by using gas instead of more polluting alternatives such as coal and fuel oil. Alternative technologies such as cogeneration and combined-cycle plants are also creating opportunities for savings and efficiency for industrial users.

The gradual liberalization of the gas commercialization and distribution markets is also creating business opportunities for companies planning to crisscross Mexico’s map with new and more modern pipelines to supply the ever-increasing demand for industrial and domestic energy in Latin America’s second largest economy. This chapter takes a look at the growth of the natural gas-powered energy industry and the billions already invested in its development.