Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended this Monday the new plan of the Energy Secretariat (Sener) that limits renewable energy, arguing that his government defends the energy industry against “looting”.
The president asserted that “he needs to bring order”, although he acknowledged that businessmen “are in their right to go to court”, as announced this weekend by the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), the main leadership of the private sector in Mexico .
“What is the nonconformity now? They had seized the energy sector, particularly the oil and electricity industries and were conspiring to destroy Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE),” said López Worker.
The president referred to the agreement that Sener published on Friday in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) that issues the Policy of Reliability, Safety, Continuity and Quality in the National Electric System.
The CCE denounced that this measure will affect electrical projects in at least 18 of the 32 states of the country, with a joint investment of more than 30,000 million dollars.
However, the president accused the private sector, particularly Spanish and foreign companies, of looting the sector in the “neoliberal period” and with the energy reform of his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).
“If we do not put order, because the same will continue, corruption, they will continue to see Mexico as a land of conquest, as they did, foreign companies came to loot,” he said.
“They looted more in this neoliberal period than they looted during the three centuries of colonial rule,” he added.
López Obrador’s position has also sparked criticism from the Mexican Solar Energy Association (Asolmex) and the Mexican Wind Energy Association (Amdee).
Both denounced that the agreement endangers 44 projects with more than 6,400 million dollars of direct investment.
In addition, it would imply monthly emissions of more than 714,000 tons of carbon dioxide “that cannot be avoided” and would risk 29,517 jobs, according to the report of these renewable energy producers.
Questioned by the generation of clean energy, the president stated that “it will continue”, but that in the future he will give more information.
“Clean energy, but in some cases dirty businesses, and the Federal Electricity Commission was left aside, as if it did not produce clean energy,” he said.
On the other hand, López Obrador reaffirmed his promise that “all crude is refined in Mexico” by 2023.
For this, it reiterated an investment of 20,000 million pesos (852.4 million dollars) to rehabilitate the six existing Pemex refineries.