Mexico will boost nuclear energy and increase non-fossil fuel energy from 21% now to 35% in 2024

A Mexican senator is preparing legislation that would pave the way for expansion of the nation’s only nuclear power plant as part of its drive toward developing more clean energy.

The bill is meant to encourage additional investment in the nuclear sector, beginning with the Laguna Verde plant in the state of Veracruz in eastern Mexico, said author Jose Luis Lavalle, a senator in the National Action Party. Laguna Verde has two working reactors, but was designed for four with a capacity to generate 1,510-megawatts of electricity, according to the Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE.

The nuclear effort follows Mexico’s move to build up its oil and natural gas industry by inviting investment from foreign companies. The government set a mandate in 2012 to get 35 percent of the country’s energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2024, up from 21 percent now.