Centro Morelos (Huexca) power station

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Centro Morelos (Huexca) power station (Planta CC Centro Morelos) is an operating power station of at least 656-megawatts (MW) in Huexca, Morelos, Mexico.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Centro Morelos (Huexca) power station Huexca, Morelos, Mexico 18.801333, -98.878167 (exact)[1][2]

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 18.801333, -98.878167

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating[3][4][5] fossil gas - natural gas[5][6] 656[5][7][8] combined cycle[5][9][6] 2021[4][10]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE (CFE) [100.0%]


The Centro Morelos power station is a key component of the Proyecto Integral Morelos, which also includes the 165-kilometer Morelos Gas Pipeline. The plant was first planned by Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in 2011[11] but remained stalled for nearly eight years due to opposition.[12] In February 2019 there was a push by social organizations to convert the paused plant into a solar panel factory.[13] However, in September 2020 President López Obrador fast-tracked the project, stating that the environmental concerns would be addressed, most notably by refraining from using the Cuautla River resources.[14] The installation of a 142 meter pipe to transport sewage was included as part of construction plans to address environmental concerns.[14]In November 2020, Mexico's federal electricity commission CFE announced that it would resume construction on the stalled project.[14][15] Despite sustained local protests, CFE maintained that there was no longer any legal impediment or judicial order preventing the plant and the pipeline from operating.[15] The time required for remaining work on the project was estimated at 10 to 15 days.[15] Opponents continued to protest outside the plant throughout December 2020.[16]As of February 2021, following a period of testing and with the support of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the power plant and its associated pipeline appeared poised to begin commercial operations.[17][18] Despite continued public opposition[17][19][20][21], the plant finally began generating electricity in October 2021.[22][23][24]

Articles and Resources


  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20210514160448/http://nacei.org/content/documents/PowerPlantsAllGE100MW_NorthAmerica_201708.xlsx. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20240125141544/https://www.google.com/maps/place/Central+Ciclo+Combinado+Centro/@18.80133,-98.8807449,1371m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x85ce690a85ab8c0d:0x524b905191d4fe73!8m2!3d18.8016956!4d-98.8786531!16s%2Fg%2F11v1blsdrv?entry=tts. Archived from the original on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20240125110008/https://www.elsoldecuautla.com.mx/local/tras-8-anos-de-espera-ya-funciona-la-termoelectrica-7471790.html. Archived from the original on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20240125110334/https://www.cfe.mx/finanzas/reportes-financieros/Informe%20Anual%20Documentos/Informe%20Anual%202021.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20240125141327/https://igavim.org/Documentos%20Generados/Documentos%20Generales/2022%20PermisosCREhasta2021.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20240125093614/http://sinat.semarnat.gob.mx/dgiraDocs/documentos/mor/estudios/2011/17MO2011E0001.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20240125102729/https://infosen.senado.gob.mx/sgsp/gaceta/64/3/2021-05-06-1/assets/documentos/CFE_Informe_Anual_2020.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20240304174213/https://www.cenace.gob.mx/Docs/10_PLANEACION/ProgramasAyM/Programa%2520de%2520Ampliaci%25C3%25B3n%2520y%2520Modernizaci%25C3%25B3n%2520de%2520la%2520RNT%2520y%2520RGD%25202021%2520-%25202035.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 04 March 2024. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. "Ciclo Combinado Centro Morelos – 724 MW". Abengoa (via Wayback Machine). 2021-05-03. Retrieved 2023-11-21.
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20240125115610/https://www.elsoldecuautla.com.mx/local/2021-el-ano-en-que-la-termoelectrica-de-huexca-entro-en-funcionamiento-7673624.html. Archived from the original on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20221226060018/https://sinat.semarnat.gob.mx/dgiraDocs/documentos/mor/estudios/2011/17MO2011E0001.pdf. {{cite web}}: |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. "Detienen las protestas 4 mil mdp en Huexca". El Sol de Cuernavaca. January 13, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Mexican Village Wants to Turn Thermoelectric Plant into Solar Panel Factory". Inter Press Service. 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Huexca Plant Restarts Construction Following Social Issues". Mexico Business. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Inicia CFE central de Huexca para culminar el gasoducto Morelos; no tocará río Cuautla - Puebla". La Jornada de Oriente. November 23, 2020.
  16. "Huexca, en alerta ante inicio de operaciones de termoeléctrica". La Jornada. December 21, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Proyecto Integral Morelos: un monstruo que apenas despierta". Proceso. February 23, 2021.
  18. "Gasoducto Morelos inicia pruebas de operación en zona eruptiva del Popocatépetl - Puebla". La Jornada de Oriente. February 8, 2021.
  19. "Socio-environmental impacts and violation of human rights in commercial relations between Spain and Mexico". Ecologistas en Accion. November 25, 2021. Retrieved December 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. Marcial, Norma (June 27, 2021). "Gasoducto Morelos: una historia de 11 años de lucha, represión y hasta un asesinato". El Sol de Puebla.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "México: "Es inexplicable la apuesta de López Obrador por los hidrocarburos" | DW | 11.08.2021". DW.COM (in español). Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  22. https://web.archive.org/web/20211231211616/https://www.elsoldecuautla.com.mx/local/2021-el-ano-en-que-la-termoelectrica-de-huexca-entro-en-funcionamiento-7673624.html. {{cite web}}: |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. https://web.archive.org/web/20211114003816/https://www.elsoldecuautla.com.mx/local/tras-8-anos-de-espera-ya-funciona-la-termoelectrica-7471790.html. {{cite web}}: |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. "Termoeléctrica de Huexca, con 30 años de vida a futuro o hasta más". El Sol de Cuautla. February 23, 2022.

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