Which Way Does the Wind Blow? Wind Power Investment and Development in Mexican Cross-Border Communities

Abstract

The case study chronicles the development of Baja California state’s first wind farm and illustrates the energy dilemma faced by a region experiencing high electricity costs due to climate, detachment from the national grid, and an incompatible national energy regulatory structure. The case follows David Munoz Andrade, Director of the Baja State Energy Commission, and his vision of wind development as the solution for meeting the region’s energy needs and fostering growth. Munoz Andrade conceived of La Rumorosa I as a way to prove the viability and scalability of wind projects and attract the necessary investment needed to develop the wind power industry, to finally benefit from the region’s abundant and untapped wind resources.

This case study is part of a series of cases designed for the course "Case Studies in Sustainable Development" at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

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