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Government backed down and allowed wind and solar plants to test in Mexico after

The Mexican government gave in to the legal challenge imposed by those interested (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The Mexican government gave in to the legal challenge imposed by those interested (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The National Center for Energy Control (Cenace) from Mexico reversed the suspension of tests carried out by several companies for the construction of plants based on clean energy after a shower of amparos by those involved.

The direction of operations and planning of the Cenace instructed the operating areas to allow the resumption of more than 20 companies conducting tests in the country in 23 different plants solar and wind energy, according to local media.

In the letters sent by Cenace it is detailed that the Agreement should not apply published at the end of April, where the tests were suspended, to the companies listed "as long as they do not affect the reliability of the National Electric System in the sense that they can generate cuts in the electricity supply, "the newspaper quoted The Economist.

The companies benefiting from the decision were: Solar Resources PV of Mexico, Akin Solar, Eólica Tres Mesas 4, Fuerza Eólica San Matías, Fuerza Eólica del Istmo, Versailles of Cuatas One, Versailles of Cuatas Two, Tai Durango Cuatro Neo, Eoliatec del Pacífico and Eoliatec del Istmo.

Companies that have not yet started testing can also receive licenses if they comply with the provisions of the provision (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
Companies that have not yet started testing can also receive licenses if they comply with the provisions of the provision (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

In addition were added: Mexsolar XI, one of which had obtained a suspension through an application for amparo, Kenergreen, X-Elio FV Conejos Médanos, X-Elio FV Xoxocotla, ENR AGS, Amistad II Park, Salitrillos Park, EGP Magdalena Solar, Dolores Wind and Potosí Solar.

And it is that more than twenty amparos had been filed after the publication by Cenace of the Agreement to guarantee efficiency, reliability, continuity and security of the National Electric System last April 29.

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In said Agreement, the actions and strategies of operational control to strengthen the reliability of the national electricity system are stated in the Single Technical Annex. The companies were absolutely against the fifth action, which indicates that as of May 3 last "the pre-operational tests of the Intermittent Wind and Photovoltaic Power Plants in the process of commercial operation are suspended".

"Likewise, for those that have not started, preoperative tests will not be authorized," adds the text. The Agreement cites coronavirus safety procedures. This movement, indicated the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece), the country's antitrust body, would make the country's electricity more expensive.

A federal court had already granted several suspensions to the complaining companies and stated in its decision on plant testing that the government is now required to justify its new rules before they can apply to companies that won the temporary mandate, in accordance with Bloomberg.

This caused Cenace would step back and send indications that companies could resume testing that they carried out until the publication of the Agreement. In addition, licenses must also be granted to those generators that had scheduled operational tests within the period of time set forth in the Agreement and that have not yet started.

This crossing in the courts between the companies and the Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration occurs at a time when the government has been criticized for give priority to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), a State-producing company, sacrificing on its way private projects that are focused on clean energy and renewable.

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The Ministry of Energy and its owner, Rocío Nahle, have been criticized for the movements they have made in the area of ​​clean energy (Photo: Galo Cañas / Cuartoscuro)
The Ministry of Energy and its owner, Rocío Nahle, have been criticized for the movements they have made in the area of ​​clean energy (Photo: Galo Cañas / Cuartoscuro)

The Sener published just last Friday, in the evening edition of the Official Gazette of the Nation (DOF) the Agreement by which the Policy of Reliability, Safety, Continuity and Quality is issued in the Cenace National Electric System.

The deal entered into force this Saturday, May 16 together with a series of measures around the growth and operation of renewable energies that, they assure, will provide reliability to the national electricity system.

However, Both the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and the European Union warned about the risks of foreign investment in the renewable energy sector., after the publication of said agreement in the DOF.

Through a document addressed to the Secretary of Energy, Rocío Nahle, they explained that the actions and strategies of the Agreement will put Canadian project operations at risk, in addition to questioning the continuity and investment of the same.

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