Morena supported Manuel Bartlett at the CFE despite the massive blackout: “Let him continue in the fight to rescue the electricity industry”

The head of the Federal Electricity Commission, Manuel Bartlett, was backed by Morena in the Senate (Photo: José Méndez / EFE)
The head of the Federal Electricity Commission, Manuel Bartlett, was backed by Morena in the Senate (Photo: José Méndez / EFE)

Brunette, the party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and with a majority in Congress, supported Manuel Bartlett at the head of the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission), after the intense criticism for the massive blackout in the country this Monday that left some 10.3 million users without service for a couple of hours.

On behalf of Morena’s parliamentary majority in the Senate, party coordinator Ricardo Monreal supported López Obrador’s energy policy and Bartlett’s management at the head of the CFE. In addition, he assured that does not agree with the proposal of a part of the opposition that an independent investigation be carried out into the causes of the blackout.

After stating that the Senate will do everything so that the State continues to be the rector of the energy sector, the Morenoist coordinator stressed that the statements of Morenoist senator Armando Guadiana, of the Energy Commission and who participated in the request for the investigation, were in a personal capacity.

Opposition senators and even one of Morena's members in the Senate Energy committee called for an independent investigation of the blackout (Photo: Courtesy PAN)
Opposition senators and even one of Morena’s members in the Senate Energy committee called for an independent investigation of the blackout (Photo: Courtesy PAN)

“We do not share them,” said Monreal, who argued that for many years the nation’s resources were delivered “and obviously there will be problems in rescuing the national electricity industry, oil and energy in general ”.

At Morena we will support the director of the Federal Electricity Commission, Manuel Bartlett. We ask you not to stop, to continue in the fight to rescue the electrical industry, we know that you will succeed

He also said that the state of abandonment in which the past administrations left the national electricity industry “is catastrophic”. “The federal government has been determined to resolve that situation. Obviously it is a matter of avoiding all kinds of problems in the future and that electricity reaches 100% to consumers at affordable prices ”, he added.

“There has to be fair competition and the CFE must be rescued, to avoid the rise in electricity prices. That is the main objective and commitment of the Fourth Transformation (as the López Obrador government is known), which I am sure will be fulfilled, ”he explained.

Monreal announced that they support the energy policy effort of AMLO and Bartlett (Photo: Graciela López / Cuartoscuro)
Monreal announced that they support the energy policy effort of AMLO and Bartlett (Photo: Graciela López / Cuartoscuro)

Finally, on the request for Bartlett to resign after the massive blackout, Monreal was blunt. “The only one who can request resignations of officials is the President of the Republic”, concluded the also coordinator of the Senate Political Coordination Board (Jucopo), which brings together all party leaders.

And it is that, after the blackout that, for a couple of hours, affected 10.3 million users and left them without electricity supply in 12 entities of the country, including Mexico City and Monterrey, CFE and Cenace (National Center for Energy Control) explained that it was due to the shutdown of two transmission lines in two substations.

This unleashed a protection mechanism that suspended the operation of 16 power plants, due to fluctuations in the National Interconnected System. This Tuesday, both agencies detailed that the causes These mechanisms were triggered was the fire in a pasture in the state of Tamaulipas, in the northeast of the country, which affected two lines and caused the reaction.

The blackout left millions of people without electricity for two hours last Monday and the causes have not yet been fully clarified (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The blackout left millions of people without electricity for two hours last Monday and the causes have not yet been fully clarified (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

However, the controversy did not stop with the explanation, since hours later, the Civil Protection coordination in Tamaulipas pointed out that the document that CFE presented on the fire in the municipality of Padilla was apocryphal.

The entity’s Civil Protection authorities added that the alleged 911 call made at 3:00 p.m. (Central Mexico time) last Monday to report the fire that affected the structure of the CFE did not occur until, at 5:00 p.m., CFE personnel reported the accident.

“The service (of Civil Protection) was not required because, somehow, they were solving it. We didn’t even participate in that fire. We find it strange to be involved with a supposed job where they do a whole narrative with other schedules”, The public official added.

The CFE and Civil Protection in Tamaulipas offered different versions of the events that would have caused the massive blackout on Monday (Video: Government of Mexico)

This Wednesday morning, in the usual conference of President López Obrador, the president’s spokesman, Jesus Ramirez Cuevas, shared a video for show the ravages of the fire in Tamaulipas which supposedly led to the blackouts that occurred throughout the country on Monday, December 28.

López Obrador, for his part, accused his opponents of launching in favor of the privatization of electricity in Mexico. “There is a problem, like this blackout, and they make a scandal and assume that it is already the debacle of the Federal Electricity Commission, which they would like, that they are eager for the sector to be handed over to individuals,” he said.

“So it’s a business matter, basically, nothing more than the president of Mexico the only business that matters to him is public business, I am here to defend the interests of citizens, of the people of Mexico ”, he settled.

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