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GeoPower Mexico 2012: Part of the Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress

This event will be simultaneously translated into Spanish & English
La Conferencia será traducida simultáneamente en Español y Inglés

The Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress (MIREC) brings together the Mexican renewable energy community to drive forward this important sector at a time of unprecedented change in the market

Join us at MIREC for the inaugural GeoPower Mexico meeting, a critical strategy forum to identify emerging opportunities in this already world-leading sector. 

As renewable energy moves to the forefront of the national agenda, the conference will allow industry and political leaders to meet together to set the agenda for the next stage in geothermal growth. After years of successful deployment 2012 is the year to drive Mexican geopower to new levels of national, and international importance.

Alongside world-class networking opportunities the conference will discuss Mexico’s geothermal resources and the potential for future expansion as well as the potential for private involvement. In addition Key government figures from the CRE, SEMARNAT, CFE, and key state departments will speak in the MIREC plenary session to which all GeoPower Mexico delegates will have access.

Pictures from MIREC 2012


Key speakers at MIREC and GeoPower Mexico:

Mario Molina, Nobel Prize Winner and Environmental Spokesman

Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez is a Mexican chemist and one of the most prominent precursors to the discovering of the Antarctic ozone hole. He was a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in elucidating the threat to the Earth's ozone layer of chlorofluorocarbon gases (or CFCs), becoming the first Mexican-born citizen to ever receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Mr Molina will deliver the keynote opening address at Wind Power Mexico 2012. Arrive early to avoid missing his insights into Mexico’s role in the future of the global environment.

Read Professor Mario Molina's 60 Second Interview

Jordy Herrera, Minister of Energy, Mexico

Minister Herrera's many years of experience in Mexican energy include serving as Sener's deputy minister of energy planning and technological development, prior to which he held the role of general director of Sener's investment promotion unit.

Having worked with President Calderon since he was Energy Minister himself, Mr Herrera is a long standing member of Mexico's political scene whilst also heading up PEMEX's subsidiary PGPM.

Minister Herrera has been a professor in the economics department of Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he received his own degree in economics

Dan E. Arvizu, Director, U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dan E. Arvizu became the eighth Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on January 15, 2005.  NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, is the Department of Energy's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  NREL is operated for DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance).  Dr. Arvizu is President of Alliance and also is an Executive Vice President with the Midwest Research Institute, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Arvizu was the chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M he was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. 

In 2011, Dr. Arvizu was appointed by President Obama to a second six-year term on the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation and the national science policy advisory body to the President and the Congress.

Maurizio Bezzeccheri, Head of Iberia and Latin America, Enel Green Power

From 2010 and to the present he is President of Enel Green Power España, S. L. and Enel Green Power Latinoamérica. Companies of the renewable Society of the ENEL Group, ENEL GREEN POWER that has traded on the stock market since November 2010.

Prior to his current role:
He joined Nuovo Pignone (GE oil&gas), a General Electric company, manufacturing compressors and turbines in 1997 as Business Development Manager and later as Sales & Marketing Manager. In 1999 he joined ENEL Group, the biggest Italian utility: Enel Green Power and moved through top management positions. From year 2006 through year 2010 he was General Manager of the Eefer, Enel and Union Fenosa Spanish Joint Venture Company focused on renewable electricity generation, O&M and energy sale.

  • Francisco Acosta Arredondo, Chief Modernization Officer, CFE
  • Alejandro Velasco, Director of Renewable Energy, Oaxaca
  • Alejandro Pereza Garcia, General Director of Electricity and Renewable Energy, CRE 
  • Arnoldo Rodriquez, Presidente Municipal, Zacatecas
  • Enrique Guzman Lara, Deputy Director General of Electricity and Renewable Energy, CRE
  • José Luis Quijano, Treasurer, Mexican Geothermal Association (AGM)
  • Luis Gutierrez-Negrin, Vice President, Mexican Geothermal Association (AGM)
  • Eduardo Iglesias, Principal Investigator, IIE
  • Peter Malin, Professor and Director, University of Auckland
  • Dino Barajas, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Key reasons to attend:

  • Play host to the major players in the Mexican market as development in Mexican renewable industry continues to accelerate
  • Analyze potential new regions in which geothermal energy can feasibly be deployed
  • Address key questions surrounding the future of geothermal development including private sector involvement and
  • Identify the role of base load renewable energy in Mexico’s energy mix; what level of geothermal expansion is required and at what rate?
  • Meet with the government representatives formulating the regulations and creating the international partnerships that will affect the geothermal sector
  • Make contact with the wind and solar sectors; foster collaboration and share experience
  • 5 hours of networking and informal debate session to allow you to conduct several months’ worth of introductions in the space of a day
  • Join either for one day for the plenary session and the GeoPower Mexico conference, or for the full two days of MIREC to take part in finance sessions, supply chain debates and round table networking discussions on day two

GeoPower Europe was a tightly organized conference that ended up fostering many helpful conversations for us. Content was well-thought, and we will definitely attend more Green Power Conferences.” Alterra Power