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    Electricity plan litigation begins


    June 29, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      A federal judge admitted for processing two amparo suits seeking to invalidate the Program for the Development of the National Electricity System 2022-2026, (Prodesen), announced by the Ministry of Energy on May 31.

      Ramón Lozano, Third District Judge Specializing in Economic Competition, admitted on June 24 amparo suits filed by Greenpeace and the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda).

      The judge set the hearing for July 22.

      "It is clear that the Government has not contemplated advancing to a transition or transformation of the sources of electricity generation," charged Cemda, Greenpeace and five other organizations.

      "On the contrary, it is observed that it favors - and will continue to favor - the generation of electricity with fossil fuel sources such as gas and fuel oil. Hence, our concern lies in the fact that these energies are highly polluting and harmful not only for the environment, but also for people's health".

      The Prodesen proposes, as medium-term measures, the incorporation of new combined cycle power plants of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), which burn natural gas, and the modernization of existing hydroelectric plants.

      For the period 2022 to 2025, 8,262 megawatts of generation capacity are expected to be added, of which only 10.6 percent would be hydroelectric, solar or geothermal energy, while the majority would be produced by burning natural gas, fuel oil or other fossil fuels.

      The Government argues that an immediate transition to the use of solar and wind energy is not possible, as they are intermittent and put at risk the stability of the SEN, which for its reliable operation requires the permanent backup of plants that use fossil fuels.

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