U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statement today during her trip to Mexico City, Mexico:
I would like to thank the Mexican government for its warm welcome and open dialogue on our shared energy future over the past two days. The United States values our relationship with Mexico and sees tremendous promise in renewable energy to drive North American competitiveness.
Throughout my trip, I met with senior Mexican leaders, including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as well as representatives from industry, lawmakers and civil society, for frank and respectful dialogue. At each meeting, we have expressly raised the genuine concerns of the Biden-Harris administration regarding the potential negative impact of Mexico’s proposed energy reforms on U.S. private investment in Mexico. The proposed reform could also hamper joint U.S. and Mexican clean energy and climate efforts. We must maintain and improve open and competitive energy markets that benefit North America. I have been assured that Mexico is committed to supporting clean energy and resolving current disputes with energy projects under the rule of law.
Mexico is blessed with an abundance of renewable energy potential which, if fully exploited, could power its own country at least 10 times over, create millions of well-paying jobs and develop an extraordinary export industry fit for a world that needs clean energy. energy solutions.
We expressed our enthusiasm for working with the Mexican government to make progress in achieving its own climate goals and developing a competitive and diverse clean energy economy. Among other priorities, we want to explore collaboration on the development of geothermal energy, the integration of renewable energies on the network, the reduction of methane and rural electrification.
North America needs collaborative, forward-thinking relationships to maintain its competitive edge in the world, and the Biden-Harris administration looks forward to working with Mexico to ensure that we both succeed in creating a a mutually respectful path towards our common energy goals.
The United States values our relationship with Mexico, which for decades has brought great mutual benefits. Mexico is our second largest trading partner and US companies are the biggest investors in Mexico. We have a fundamental interest in seeing Mexico and its people succeed.