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Renewable Energy Auctions in Mexico: the gap between design and implementation

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Carlos Guadarrama

Harvard Kennedy School, US
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Master in Public Administration in International Development, Class of 2018

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In November 2017, Mexico’s third Renewable Energy Auction awarded the lowest solar photovoltaic energy prices in the world. However, red tape and corruption have prevented projects from becoming a reality. Firms have been unable to obtain the necessary construction permits, without which renewable energy projects cannot be developed. This conclusion constitutes an interesting case-study on how copying auction designs from developed countries such as the United States of America (USA) and Germany can result in rent-seeking municipalities and inefficient federal agencies tarnishing what were, on paper, competitive outcomes.

How to Cite: Guadarrama, C., 2019. Renewable Energy Auctions in Mexico: the gap between design and implementation. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 7(1), pp.39–58.
Published on 01 Jan 2019.
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