The primary objective of this case study was to assist Mexico in progressing towards its next-generation 2030 power system planning by developing transitional power system roadmaps via modeling, evaluating grid expansion strategies and identifying key policy changes needed for this task. Program highlights include evaluating Mexico’s power systems to enable integration of solar and wind energy sources, multilateral peer-to-peer workshops that increase in-house knowledge and policy support.
Challenges faces especially by policy makers, system operators and regulators were addressed. Peer-to-peer workshops and staff exchanges were a part of the partnership.
Workshops assist in building in-house knowledge. Furthermore, staff exchanges were conducted for system operators (forecasting and modeling practices), regulators (for operating smart grids) and local grid operators (solar generation standards). A few of the topics covered under the technical studies of this program were focused on benefit analysis of a smart grid, modeling of Mexico’s Baja California Sur to include wind and solar planning goals and analysis of demand response compensation methodologies. The multilateral workshop was held to study best practices for renewable energy expansion zones.