CFE blamed renewable energies for the massive blackout and asked that they be taken out of operation

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has argued that he must rescue the CFE from the “looting of the private sector” (Photo: EFE / Francisco Santos)
The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has argued that he must rescue the CFE from the “looting of the private sector” (Photo: EFE / Francisco Santos)

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), a Mexican state company, announced on Tuesday that will ask to “take out of operation” renewable energy generators by holding them responsible for the national blackout that affected 10.3 million people last week.

CFE executives stated that the failure in the electrical system of December 28 occurred when “there was very low demand”, and a generation of wind and photovoltaic energy that represented 28% of the total, “the highest value in history.”

“As a preventive measure in low demands, the Cenace (National Center for Energy Control) will be forced to take part of the renewable generation out of operation intermittent to ensure the reliability of the national system ”, informed Luis Bravo, director of Corporate Communication of CFE.

This is the third press conference that the CFE offers to explain the blackout that last week affected 30% of total demand and to a quarter of the national territory, as recognized by the State electric company.

The Government of Mexico seeks to limit renewable energies to strengthen the electricity generated in CFE's own plants.  (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The Government of Mexico seeks to limit renewable energies to strengthen the electricity generated in CFE’s own plants. (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The company has insisted that a fire on a transmission line in Tamaulipas, in the northeast of the country, was the main cause of the incident although the authorities of that state have questioned that version.

This Tuesday, CFE officials also accused the private renewable energy plants that generate electricity for the state company.

“This type of power plant, in addition to requiring support for conventional generation, lacks mechanical inertia and has no capacity to support system restoration to a stable condition ”, indicated Bravo when reading the official report of the CFE.

This is not the first time that the Government of Mexico seeks limiting renewable energy to strengthen the electricity generated in CFE’s own plants.

With the argument of preserving the stability of the electrical system from the pandemic, Cenace published an agreement last April that limited the entry of private renewable plants. Later, in May, the Ministry of Energy (Sener) published a policy to discourage the dispatch of renewable energy because they are “intermittent”.

The directors of the CFE affirmed that the failure in the electrical system of December 28 occurred when
The directors of the CFE affirmed that the failure in the electrical system of December 28 occurred when “there was very low demand” (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has maintained that must rescue the CFE from the “looting of the private sector” which began in the “neoliberal period”.

”The CFE supports the National Electric System. It is a guarantee for the nation and we will defend it. The president has taken a position that makes us proud: the CFE must be rescued precisely from the design for its disappearance “Manuel Bartlett, director of the company, said Tuesday.

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) reported this week that this year will review the constitutionality of the Cenace agreement and Sener’s policy, which are challenged by the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece).

It was in December 2018 when the Sener made the decision to cancel electricity auctions Through which company projects were put out to tender to supply the CFE with cheaper and cleaner energy.

* With information from EFE

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