Mexico: Communities denounce lack of consultation, negative impacts on livelihoods & intimidation by Elecnor
An article documents the possible negative impacts of solar projects and wind farms in Yucatán, Mexico. Among the grievances related to the wind farm project of the Spanish company Elecnor, local people have denounced: the lack of consultation, inadequate access to information, pressures for selling their land, and the negative impacts the wind farm could have on their livelihoods.
The B&HRRC invited Elecnor to respond; the company did not reply.
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Author: Emilio Godoy, IPS
…The growing number of wind and solar power projects in the southern Mexican state of Yucatán are part of a positive change in Mexico’s energy mix. But affected communities do not see it in the same way, due to the fact that they are not informed or consulted, and because of how the phenomenon changes their lives…The questioned project, run by the Spanish company Elecnor, includes the installation of 50 wind turbines with a capacity of 159 MW per year…The company offered between five and 970 dollars per hectare, depending on the utility of the land for a wind farm, a proposition that caused unrest among the ejido members….“We haven’t been given any information. This is not in the best interests of those who work the land. They are going to destroy the vegetation and 30 years is a long time,” beekeeper…