Workshop on Environmental Assessment of Transmission Lines in Mexico

When: 1998

Where: Mexico

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • Deliver a course on the environmental and social considerations for the selection of power line projects to assist utilities in building a robust environmental assessment methodology for electric transmission lines

When: 1998

Where: Mexico

What: Developing Technical Skills

Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s public utility, made a formal request for assistance in revising and updating its environmental assessment methodology for electric transmission lines. In response, we organized a workshop on “Environmental Assessment of Transmission Line Projects” from November 16-19, 1998.

The workshop was designed to provide participants with a short course on the environmental and social considerations for the selection of power line projects and how to build a robust environmental assessment methodology for electric transmission lines. The workshops combined formal presentations with practical exercises on how to collect environmental information, identify alternative routes, analyse route alternatives, measure social impacts, select final routes, identify the regulatory interface, monitor construction and environmental impacts, and manage operations and maintenance.

Presentations were given by GSEP member experts and representatives from power utilities of El Salvador, Costa Rica and Colombia. The presentations provided a solid foundation for the participatory component of the workshop, which culminated in group summary discussions at the end of each day. Presentations were followed by practical exercise sessions that were facilitated by CFE with the assistance of GSEP experts. By designing and leading the workshop exercises, CFE staff was coached in transmission line siting procedures and in group facilitation. Furthermore, working relationships among the participants were enhanced as a result of the exercises.

Over 120 people attended the workshop from different areas and field offices of CFE as well as the Mexican regulatory agencies responsible for environmental protection and cultural preservation. The private sector was represented through industry association representatives. Participants from some academic institutions and observers from the Inter-American Development Bank were also in attendance.

“We acknowledge the enthusiastic participation of the GSEP experts in the workshop, as they shared their expertise with us. The team had a very high technical level; its members had no difficulties in communicating with the participants and were eager to make this workshop the best we have had delivered by the GSEP so far. We ask you to congratulate the GSEP members that delivered the workshop and thank them on our behalf.”

Dr. Vicente Aguinaco Bravo, Environmental Protection Manager, Comisión Federal de Electricidad

Participating members and partners

  • All members
  • Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)
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