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On the Recent Climatological and Energy Trends in Mexico City

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Alvaro E. Lentz

Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, D. F., México

Moises Angeles, Equisha Glenn, Jorge E. González

City College of New York, New York, NY

Nazario Ramírez

University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, Mayagüez, PR

Paper No. ES2016-59320, pp. V001T06A002; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 10th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2016 Power Conference and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 1: Biofuels, Hydrogen, Syngas, and Alternate Fuels; CHP and Hybrid Power and Energy Systems; Concentrating Solar Power; Energy Storage; Environmental, Economic, and Policy Considerations of Advanced Energy Systems; Geothermal, Ocean, and Emerging Energy Technologies; Photovoltaics; Posters; Solar Chemistry; Sustainable Building Energy Systems; Sustainable Infrastructure and Transportation; Thermodynamic Analysis of Energy Systems; Wind Energy Systems and Technologies
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5022-0
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This is a first report of a comprehensive effort to determine the nexus between energy demands, population growth, and a changing climate for Mexico region. We first report here Mexico City climatology, trends in temperatures, heat index and heat waves registered in the Valley of Mexico and its potential relation to electricity consumption. The work is motivated by the environmental impacts that densely populated cities such as Mexico City produces manifested by energy consumption and emissions to the environment and direct consequences in the quality of its inhabitants and on the local environment. We used eight weather stations spread over the valley of Mexico to analyze temporal trends of maximum and minimum daily temperatures and relative humidity. The heat index and the human discomfort index are derived as tools to determine trends in environmental variables that may be linked to energy demands in the Valley. The actual power consumption in the valley of Mexico are further analyzed for formulating relationship between power consumption and maximum temperatures during long-term scenarios and during specific extreme heat events. The relationship between power consumption with changes in the population in the valley of Mexico is also investigated.

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