Lecture: Renewable Energy in the Yucatán Peninsula
Professor Shalanda H. Baker
University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law
Fulbright-García Robles Scholar, 2016-17
In just one year, by 2018, nine renewable energy projects, including solar and wind developments, will be installed in the Yucatán Peninsula. One project, proposed for archaeologically rich Ticul, will involve the installation of over 800,000 solar panels in a region that is now primarily jungle. Other projects involve the installation of wind turbines within the path of migratory birds and on fragile land that hides the network of underground rivers and lakes which characterize the region. All of the projects are located in the Yucatán, a region home to a large Maya population that relies on subsistence farming, ecotourism, and beekeeping.
The projects, owned by a variety of transnational corporations, are massive in scale. They promise to bring nearly one gigawatt of installed electricity capacity to the region, primarily to service the city of Mérida and private corporations. The projects also form a key part of Mexico’s renewable energy transition strategy, of which the Yucatán Peninsula is a cornerstone.
The region’s rapid transition to “clean” energy will have an array of permanent positive and negative impacts on the region’s social, environmental, economic fabric. Come learn more.
Professor Shalanda H. Baker is a law professor at the University of Hawai‘i and a 2016-17 Fulbright-García Robles Scholar located in Mérida. Baker’s research focuses on renewable energy development and indigenous rights. She will discuss Mexico’s ambitious renewable energy agenda and the various renewable energy projects planned for the Yucatán Peninsula.
Saturday, March 4th at 11:30 am
Free and open to the public, donations accepted