Third Prize

Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Authors: Isabella Cota, Adam Williams


The Unknown Winners of Mexico’s Energy Reform;

Mexico’s Electricity Commission Turns to US Court in Battle Versus WhiteWater Midstream

The original publication is available via the following links:

July 7, 2021

El País

An investigation by EL PAÍS reveals how an obscure US company, just months after being created, began winning multimillion-dollar contracts from a subsidiary of Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) soon after the opening of the country’s electricity sector. The ties between Guillermo Turrent, a key executive during the Enrique Peña Nieto administration, and the founders of Whitewater Midstream, tell the story of a pursuit of profits in recently liberalized energy markets. Read more

April 26, 2022

El País

The CFE has hired a private investigation company to build a case against two former Mexican officials with ties to the Texas energy company. Read more