Mexico’s wind and solar energy businessmen reject electricity reform

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Mexico City, Oct 4 (EFE) .- Mexican solar and wind energy businessmen expressed this Monday in a statement that if the electricity reform proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is approved “it would dismantle the renewable energy industry” in Mexico.

“This would make electricity generation more expensive and produce irreparable damage to the environment, canceling the energy transition in the country and positioning Mexico against the global fight against climate change,” they argued.

They added that the reform seeks to eliminate “the economic and environmental logic” in the National Electric System, which would mean, they said, giving priority to “dirty and more expensive” energy.

“By putting renewable energy aside, Mexico would flagrantly violate the Paris Agreement and mandatory clean energy goals in national legislation,” they considered.

In addition, they explained, it would be impossible for companies to comply with the agreements for the mitigation of emissions by “forcing them to consume dirty energy.”

“Wind and solar generators have contributed responsibly to the sustainable development of the country. 99% of the wind and solar energy generated in Mexico is the product of private investment. Its generation has allowed the mitigation of 19 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere every year, “they detailed.

In this sense, they said that the more than 300 wind and solar projects in operation represent 19,000 million dollars of direct investment and more than 86,000 jobs throughout Mexico.

“In contrast, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has historically preferred electricity generation with fossil sources,” they considered.

“We call on the Legislative Branch to consider the multiple and irreversible adverse effects of this initiative in its discussion and eventual vote,” they concluded.

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