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    What Electricity Reform Does Say


    November 18, 2021 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      With the Electricity Reform proposed by the President, the private sector would supposedly continue to intervene in the sector with 46%. But the constitutional phrase would be the following: "The private sector will participate in up to forty-six percent of the generation required by the country. The word "up to" implies a ceiling, that is, it can go from zero to 46%. And who decides how much electricity "the country requires"? If today the government confuses the people with its supporters, it can confuse its own limits with those of the country, its ideas with the nation's real electricity needs.

      Those who believe that we environmentalists should not be concerned have not read the part of the reform that gives priority to dirty electricity from the CFE's thermal power plants. This, obviously, is going to favor the dispatch of the electricity it generates itself. And, oh surprise (or, rather, oh, no surprise): it operates with coal and other fossil fuels, such as fuel oil. The fourth transitory article of the initiative literally states the following: "The participation of the private sector in electricity generation will be subject to the planning and control of the Federal Electricity Commission and its regulation for the continuity and reliability of electricity, guaranteeing at all times the continuity of generation for the provision of public electricity service. In other words, it is intended to leave production and dispatch at the discretion of an economic agent that rivals others in generating electricity.

      In the rest of the world, control of the systems is not placed in the hands of those who provide electricity, for the obvious reason that a conflict of interest that harms the consumer and the environment must be avoided. So when AMLO clarified in a morning that there are no plans to build more plants that run on coal or fuel oil, it is necessary to respond respectfully: they should not be given priority to existing ones, because they are expensive, pollute the air and increase global warming.

      Article 28 of the Constitution, if reformed as the President proposes, would literally proclaim: "The Federal Electricity Commission [...] will be in charge of the execution of the Energy Transition in the area of electricity, as well as the activities necessary for it. The Church in Luther's hands. Dr. Mario Molina was convinced that AMLO was not aware that climate change is a problem "and even less an emergency problem". Bartlett and Nahle neither. How can skeptics be trusted with decarbonization, since it is a matter of humanity's survival!

      Besides, declarations of good intentions, such as the one in the proposed constitutional article 28, would not exactly be norms. A constitutional statement that a state agency will lead the energy transition is not the same as a constitutional obligation to comply with the Paris Agreement. Greta Thunberg would say it is, rather, blah, blah, blah.

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