Jun 2017 – May 2021

21st Century Power Partnership (Phase 2)



Mexico – Latin America

To support Mexico through the provision of technical assistance to achieve and surpass its target of 35% clean energy generation by 2024.

$4,000,000 Grant Value

$175,000 evaluation budget

This is a second phase grant to the 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) / NREL, to continue their technical assistance to the Mexican government on power sector reform, to mitigate the risk of backsliding on renewables in Mexico, and to build on the gains made in the first phase to further increase ambition of clean energy goals.

The 21CPP will address both the technical capacity needs and the political economy issues that are barriers to power sector reform and high penetration renewables in Mexico. It will do this by providing technical, policy, and regulatory assistance to the federal and subnational governments and key power sector stakeholders, including the Energy Ministry, regulator, utility, grid operator, and the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies.

To achieve the overall objective, this grant aims to increase distributed generation in order to:

  • democratise the energy system and increase access of communities to the benefits of the reform
  • unlock barriers to renewables projects being built
  • secure cross-party support for the reform
  • support ambitious clean energy federal policy, regulatory & planning framework
  • ensure clean energy planning is considered at the subnational level


This grant aims to support: 

  • 35% clean energy generation by 2024
  • 100% of auctioned projects are built
  • Clean energy planning implemented at the subnational level within key states