November 20, 2020

Encouraging Mexico's Energy Security at IEnova

Shaping the Future

Across the Sempra Energy family of companies, we invest in state-of-the-art technologies, processes and infrastructure to drive our companies forward. In this Sempra Spotlight series, you’ll learn more about how we live our value, "shape the future."

IEnova develops, owns and operates energy infrastructure in Mexico, and is one of the largest private energy companies in the country. Not only is it the first private energy company to be listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange, it is also the only energy company to be part of the S&P/BMV Total Mexico ESG Index (former Mexican Stock Exchange Sustainability Index).

IEnova strives to fulfill its vision of being the leading energy infrastructure company in Mexico while contributing to the country’s sustainable development.

Energía Costa Azul LNG

Sempra LNG and IEnova are working to advance the proposed Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG export development project in Baja California, Mexico. Located just north of Ensenada, ECA LNG has the potential to be the first landmark project under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, subject to the issuance of the 20-year export permit by Mexico’s Ministry of Energy.

Further, ECA LNG would be the first liquefied natural gas export terminal to connect the abundant natural gas supplies of the U.S. western states, including Texas, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico, to Baja California. The full project could create nearly 30,000 jobs and expand economic development and prosperity for both the U.S. and Mexico.

Energía Costa Azul Project Update

Cross-Border Renewable Energy

IEnova continues to help Mexico diversify its energy supply and increase both the reach and reliability of the country’s energy system while also helping the U.S. reach its green energy goals.

In partnership with Saavi Energía, IEnova developed the first cross-border wind generation project between Mexico and the U.S., Energía Sierra Juárez (ESJ). Located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, ESJ has a capacity of 155 megawatts (MW), through 47 3.3-MW-turbines each.

Under a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a cross-border transmission line connects the energy being produced in Mexico to SDG&E’s Southwest Powerlink transmission system located east of San Diego.

Now, five years later, the partnership continues to transmit energy across the U.S.-Mexico border helping both countries meet their renewable energy goals, all while maintaining world-class safety.

Thanks to the forward-thinking teams across our family of companies, Sempra Energy is advancing its mission to be North America’s premier infrastructure company by shaping the future of the energy industry.


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Factors, among others, that could cause our actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: California wildfires and the risk that we may be found liable for damages regardless of fault and the risk that we may not be able to recover any such costs from insurance, the wildfire fund established by California Assembly Bill 1054 or in rates from customers; decisions, investigations, regulations, issuances of permits and other authorizations, renewal of franchises, and other actions by (i) the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S. Department of Energy, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and other regulatory and governmental bodies and (ii) states, cities, counties and other jurisdictions in the U.S., Mexico and other countries in which we operate or do business; the success of business development efforts, construction projects and major acquisitions and divestitures, including risks in (i) the ability to make a final investment decision and completing construction projects on schedule and budget, (ii) obtaining the consent of partners, (iii) counterparties' financial or other ability to fulfill contractual commitments, (iv) the ability to complete contemplated acquisitions, and (v) the ability to realize anticipated benefits from any of these efforts once completed; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our (i) ability to commence and complete capital and other projects and obtain regulatory approvals, (ii) supply chain and current and prospective counterparties, contractors, customers, employees and partners, (iii) liquidity, resulting from bill payment challenges experienced by our customers, including in connection with a CPUC-ordered suspension of service disconnections, decreased stability and accessibility of the capital markets and other factors, and (iv) ability to sustain operations and satisfy compliance requirements due to social distancing measures or if employee absenteeism were to increase significantly; the resolution of civil and criminal litigation, regulatory inquiries, investigations and proceedings, and arbitrations; actions by credit rating agencies to downgrade our credit ratings or to place those ratings on negative outlook and our ability to borrow at favorable interest rates; moves to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas and the impact of the extreme volatility and unprecedented decline of oil prices on our businesses and development projects; weather, natural disasters, accidents, equipment failures, computer system outages and other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of harmful materials, cause fires and subject us to liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance (including costs in excess of applicable policy limits), may be disputed by insurers or may otherwise not be recoverable through regulatory mechanisms or may impact our ability to obtain satisfactory levels of affordable insurance; the availability of electric power and natural gas and natural gas storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid, limitations on the withdrawal or injection of natural gas from or into storage facilities, and equipment failures; cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses, and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers and employees; expropriation of assets, the failure of foreign governments and state-owned entities to honor the terms of contracts, and property disputes; the impact at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) on competitive customer rates and reliability due to the growth in distributed and local power generation, including from departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Direct Access, Community Choice Aggregation or other forms of distributed or local power generation, and the risk of nonrecovery for stranded assets and contractual obligations; Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC's (Oncor) ability to eliminate or reduce its quarterly dividends due to regulatory and governance requirements and commitments, including by actions of Oncor's independent directors or a minority member director; volatility in foreign currency exchange, interest and inflation rates and commodity prices and our ability to effectively hedge the risk of such volatility; changes in trade policies, laws and regulations, including tariffs and revisions to or replacement of international trade agreements, such as the newly effective United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, that may increase our costs or impair our ability to resolve trade disputes; the impact of changes to U.S. federal and state and foreign tax laws and our ability to mitigate adverse impacts; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.

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Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, SDG&E or Southern California Gas Company, and Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the CPUC.