Mexico: Ixtepec wind project impacts communities in Oaxaca

 

 Country: Mexico

Project name: Ixtepec wind project

 

Capacity: 100 MW

Companies involved: Yansa Group

Positive Steps:

In contrast to other wind farms in Oaxaca, Mexico, this is a community-owned indigenous wind power project. The community of Ixtepec reached out to Yansa in order to build a wind farm in the area. Yansa proposed a site where agricultural impact would be minimal, and conducted an environmental impact assessment. Yansa seeks to directly involve communities in the construction and operation of the wind farms, therefore giving them control of the renewable energy sources. The energy will be sold to the national grid at a guaranteed fixed price, therefore giving the community members an income and an opportunity for economic and social growth. 50% of the earnings will go to community members to compensate land owners and pay for community programs.

Political pressures led the CFE to announce a temporal suspension of the tender. However, controversy remains open: while international media announces that Enel Green Power has already been awarded to develop the "Sureste"project, the Ixtepec community and Yansa keep pushing the issue. As stated in a recent forum celebrated in Ixtepec, the community continues to overcome obstacles for their project, while demanding the restitution of their land if CFE allows a private project in their territory.