The Mexican Energy Secretariat announced July 5 the creation of the Renewable Energy Council, designed to pursue eight strategic initiatives in order to meet the goal of producing 35 percent of the country’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2024. Initiatives include encouraging the state electricity company to purchase more renewable power from producers, improving the transmission and distribution of renewable energy through the electricity grid, developing renewable generation technology, and revising the regulatory framework. Eight working groups comprised of representatives from the public sector, industries, and environmental organizations will begin working within two weeks to develop recommendations on how to implement the initiatives.