August 2020, Vol. 247, No. 8

Editor's Notebook

Mexico’s President No Fan of ‘Big Fans’

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief In what could only be viewed as a significant blow to the wind-power industry in Mexico, that nation’s president, Andrés Manuel López-Obrador, said he would end his support for further projects, including the installation of grid connectors.  The government maintained the decision was necessary to stabilize the electricity grid amid a huge drop in demand during the Coronavirus outbreak. In addition to his government no longer issuing permits for wind-power projects, López-Obrador added insult to injury by calling wind turbines “big fans” that create “visual pollution” without producing all that much energy.  This came as Mexico a

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