National Commission for Efficient Energy Use (CONUEE)
Policy measure

According to ECLAC (2010), the National Commission for Efficient Energy Use (CONUEE) was established when the Law on the Sustainable Use of Energy came into effect in 2008. CONUEE is a decentralized administrative body that operates under the Secretariat of Energy of the Mexican government.


The activities of CONUEE cover providing recommendations to public and private actors on best practices with regard to energy efficiency, developing programmes, issuing binding opinions for the administrative branch of the state and municipalities, gathering information on and monitoring energy efficiency activities to be able to enforce the legal provisions in the area (ECLAC, 2010).

Implementation

CONUEE promotes programmes and proposals comprising all sectors in which renewable energy use makes sense. Its main activities cover identifying barriers to energy efficiency solutions and providing assistance in policymaking in the area by accounting for the national benefits of energy efficiency technologies. It is involved in developing the National Program for Renewable Energy Promotion 2007-2012 and in the new finance mechanisms (in coordination with local and international financial institutions) as well as in creating technology scenarios to encourage research and development of clean energies (REEEP, 2007).

Challenges
No identified challenges.
Outcomes

The following outcomes of CONUEE have been identified by ECLAC (2010):

  • The CONUEE website provides information on the principal results of its activities.

  • CONUEE oversees 18 Mexican Official Standards on energy efficiency.

  • It follows up on energy consumption in more than 1,500 buildings that are registered with the Energy Saving Programme of the Federal Public Administration.

  • It coordinates the National Network of State Energy Commissions.

  • It represents Mexico internationally on energy efficiency issues.

  • Each year, it awards the National Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Prizes.

  • Its portal provides specialized information on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • On the CONUEE website, the link “Normas Oficiales Mexicanas, Sitios de Interés” opens to a document in table format presenting the estimated savings from the application of the Mexican Official Standards on Energy Efficiency from 1995 to 2006.

  • In 2007, CONUEE’s activities resulted in energy savings totalling 21 million BOEs.

References

REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership), 2007. Sustainable Energy Policy Initiative Report for Latin America and the Caribbean. Available at: www.oas.org/dsd/reia/Documents/SEPIreportFINAL_eng.pdf.


ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), 2010. Energy efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: situation and outlook. Chile: Santiago.