Country profile: Mexico

Summary figures for 2014

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid
Nuclear electricity generation
(net TWh) 2014
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
OECD America
OECD Total
1 888.0

* Provisional data

Country report

Legal framework

In December 2013, the Mexican government approved a reform of the energy sector constitutional framework in order to promote investment, economic growth and social development. The Energy Reform amended Articles 25, 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution and established a 21-article transitory regime. Secondary legislation was passed in the second half of 2014 to implement the constitutional reform.

Energy Reform reaffirmed the nation's ownership of hydrocarbons in the subsoil and the state strategic guidance for hydrocarbon and electric power industries through stronger regulatory bodies and mechanisms, allowing private investment and association in the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, their transport, storage and treatment, as well as generation and commercialisation in the electric power industry, with the exception of nuclear power generation.

Mexican Petroleum (PEMEX) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) were transformed into state productive enterprises with technical, management and budgetary autonomy. The state will promote the protection of the environment through sustainability principles, the use of renewables and cleaner fuels, as well as measures to reduce polluting emissions from the electric power industry.

Operation of the Laguna Verde reactors

In 2014, the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant performed the 16th fuel reload of unit 1 and the 13th fuel reload of unit 2. Also in 2014, the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant finalised a contract for independent spent fuel storage installation services for both units.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2015

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Last reviewed: 21 October 2015