CFE already contributes 50% of the energy generated in the country, says Nahle
November 30, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras
Rocío Nahle pointed out that 30 percent of the energy generated by the CFE is renewable.Photo Pablo Ramos Alejandro Alegría Periódico La Jornada
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, p. 22To achieve
stability in the electricity sector cost the federal government four years, time in which the dominance of private companies has been reversed, since the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) already contributes 50 percent of the energy generation in the country, said Rocío Nahle García, head of the Ministry of Energy (Sener)
Today we already have 50 percent of generation from private companies and 50 percent from the CFE, we are going to increase the Commission's generation by 4 percent more, said the official while participating in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Congress.
According to the agency, in 2021 the state-owned company only contributed around 40 percent of electricity generation as a consequence of the 2013 energy reform, which was promoted by the Peña Nieto administration.
He recalled that the electricity sector is a little bit more complicated, because when the current administration started they found that the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) granted generation permits for 132 thousand megawatts.
He pointed out that this was a capacity that does not correspond to the country's energy demand, since it reaches up to 50 thousand megawatts in the first two weeks of June.
If the demand is 50 thousand, how is it that permits for 132 thousand were issued, because there was no integrated planning with Sener.
He recalled that the 2013 energy reform established that the planning of the sector is carried out by the agency under his charge.
However, the regulatory body issued permits just by fulfilling the requirements, without taking into account the balance, how it was going to be dispatched and where it was going to be interconnected, among other factors.
We had to sit down and say 'let's see how we are doing', because the CFE was being displaced, they were telling it to turn off your machines, because these new ones are coming in and at the end of the day turning off machines or taking it out of the market costs all of us users, all Mexicans.
He commented that in view of this situation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promoted an electricity reform that maintained energy security and sought that 54 percent of the electricity would be generated by the CFE.
He explained that although the electric reform was not approved, with the planning and what the law allows, especially in these self-supply companies, the federal government is ordering the electric sector and in a short time the CFE will generate 54 percent of the country's energy.
He emphasized that this administration has respected the contracts made by the previous government.
She added that already more than 90 percent of the electric auctions are installed and generating electricity intermittently, as they are solar or wind power plants.
Nahle pointed out that 30 percent of the energy generated by the CFE is renewable and, in addition, it is repowering hydroelectric plants to produce more clean energy.