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Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and 21st Century Power Partnership Team Up to Help Mexico Transform Its Power Sector

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and 21st Century Power Partnership Team Up to Help Mexico Transform Its Power Sector

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will provide up to $3.9 million to the 21st Century Power Partnership to create and operate a platform for power sector technical support, to help Mexico achieve secure, reliable, and clean electricity as part of its energy reform agenda. Photo: NREL.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will provide up to $3.9 million to the 21st Century Power Partnership to create and operate a platform for power sector technical support for the Mexican federal government. This program will help Mexico achieve secure, reliable, and clean electricity as part of its energy reform agenda.

The 21st Century Power Partnership is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum to encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

"The Children's Investment Fund Foundation is working with the 21st Century Power Partnership to help strengthen Mexico's efforts towards being a leader in the field of renewable energy with a modern and efficient energy system," Kate Hampton, Executive Director, Climate Change for CIFF said. "We believe that reliable, clean power can help drive large-scale, sustainable development over time and is therefore essential for improving the lives of children in emerging economies."

"The investment by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation in the 21st Century Power Partnership builds off of our thought leadership in power sector transformation; it allows us to expand our technical assistance our international network of power system experts to strengthen and support Mexico's power sector," Doug Arent of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said.

NREL and its institutional partner, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, act as operating agent of the Power Partnership and will manage the new program. "This work also leverages the Power Partnership's experience on similar activities in India and South Africa," Arent said.

"Mexico is embarking on an ambitious energy reform and is committed to become a global clean energy leader," Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mexico Secretariat of Energy (SENER) said. "We welcome CIFF and the 21st Century Power Partnership as partners in this process."

The activities in this program have been developed in partnership with key stakeholders from the Mexican energy system, including the Secretariat of Energy (SENER), Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and Electricity Research Institute (IIE). The CIFF funding will be spread over a three-year period.

For more information about the Power Partnership or this program, contact 21stCenturyPower@NREL.gov or visit http://www.21stcenturypower.org/.

About the 21st Century Power Partnership
The 21st Century Power Partnership is a multilateral technical support platform set up under the Clean Energy Ministerial. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the operating agent for the Power Partnership's technical support platform, providing nations with world-class technical and regulatory assistance founded in analysis of clean energy systems management and smart grid implementation. NREL is managed and operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. http://www.21stcenturypower.org/

About the Children's Investment Fund Foundation
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is a registered charity in England that aims to demonstrably improve the lives of children in developing countries by achieving large-scale, sustainable impact. Because climate change disproportionately affects children living in poverty in developing countries, tackling climate change has become a priority impact area for CIFF investment. CIFF's climate program seeks to fund projects where there is potential for transformational impact. http://ciff.org/

Contact

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131