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22 Feb 2016

Author:
Santiago Navarro & Renata Bessi, Upside Down World (USA)

Mexico: Wind farms in Oaxaca “not so clean”, benefit only companies while limiting access to water & land, say local communities

 “The dark side of clean energy: industrial wind plantations in Mexico, 18 Feb 2016      

…[T]wenty [wind farms] have been set up…[in[ the Wind Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in…Oaxaca…The project's main objective was to create favorable conditions for the flow of goods, oil, minerals and energy…To set the turbines hundreds of tons of cement that interrupt the water flows …are used. “It is worth mentioning that they are using the cement company CEMEX…" says [expert]…In 2015, community activists…denounced that "about 150 wind turbines of the wind farm…owned by Acciona, have spilt oil…which has polluted the underground and water…"…The model has been one of self-supply, in which a private developer of wind power generates energy production contracts for a wide portfolio of industrial customers (Coca-Cola, CEMEX, Wal-Mart, Bimbo…) for a certain period. In this way, companies can set prices lower than the market…and enjoy the financial benefits of carbon trading…In the year 2016, the project [of Eólica del Sur] foresees the installation of 132 wind turbines…According to…Eólica del Sur…the EIS is submitted in accordance with Mexican law... Another concern of communities is in relation to water pollution in the lagoon and sea area…