President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed this Tuesday that the blackouts that were registered yesterday afternoon in the country due to a failure in the system will not be repeated.
“If it is going to continue happening, I can anticipate that no, we have a good electric power service, the Federal Electricity Commission is being rescued,” he said when asked about the problem during the morning conference.
Likewise, he pointed out that when this type of situation arises, “those who are in favor of privatization, those who wanted to disappear the CFE to stay with the electricity industry market and do juicy businesses charging electricity very expensive, because they are going to say that the CFE does not work, which they have always done. ”
There is always this temptation, López Obrador remarked, “more so now that we have proposed to strengthen the CFE, and Pemex, which are two essential public companies.”
The head of the Executive said that if the electricity industry was completely privatized, “electricity would have been bought and private companies, especially foreign companies, and the price of electricity would have continued to increase because that is what happened in the neoliberal period.”
Finally, the president reiterated that the failure will not be repeated and that users can be assured of this, “CFE is a company with first-rate workers and technicians.”
On Monday afternoon, blackouts were registered in 12 states of the Republic, which affected more than 10 million users in areas such as Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, among others.
The National Center for Energy Control (Cenace) reported that the blackouts were due to an imbalance in the National Interconnected System. “Today, December 28 at 2:28 p.m. (Central Time) there was an imbalance in the National Interconnected System between the load and the power generation, causing a loss of approximately 7,500 MW, for which the automatic protection schemes were activated. with the aim of minimizing greater risk, “the center said on its Twitter account.
The installed capacity in operation in the country is 80,000 MW, according to information from the Ministry of Energy updated to May 2020. Therefore, 7,500 MW represent almost 10 percent of Mexico’s capacity.
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