Mexico regresses in energy and environmental matters

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Since Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) published in November 2022 the new requirements for the acquisition of Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) for 2023, experts in energy and environmental matters have stated that there are irregularities in the formality of the publication, while questioning compliance with the minimum percentage established (13.9%) of clean energy obligations for 2023. – a figure exactly the same as last year, which goes against the provisions of the Energy Transition Law.

 It should be recalled that Mexico made the commitment to generate 35% of electricity from clean sources by 2024 and that it was in 2014 when the Clean Energy Certificate (CEL) market was authorized; however, so far these agreements have not been complied with for the consumption of clean energy by large consumers, including the CFE.

 That is why, in recent years, the panorama in our country has chosen to reduce the development and implementation of clean energies; thus annulling necessary tenders in the field of transmission and modifying the operating rules of the CELs.

 In this context, the scenario becomes even more discouraging since the CRE acknowledged in the published document that the Ministry of Energy (SE) has not updated the Requirement for the obligations of the CELs, which translates into a national stagnation in terms of clean energy.

 It is important to note that Clean Energy Certificates contribute to the implementation of sustainable technologies and align countries with the international trend of integrating renewable energies, in order to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate drastic climate change.

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