The General Director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Manuel Bartlett, has ensured that the electrical reform around existing contracts between the state-owned company and the private companies to which privileges have been granted in previous administrations will continue until legislative approval. , so that these companies do not take over an electricity market worth 315 000 million dollars and endanger people with lower incomes and Mexican farmers.
The presidential initiative that seeks to limit private investment in electricity generation to 46% of the national total so that the CFE generates 54% in addition to a monopoly on the rest of the activities, with regulators again attached to the Ministry of Energy and the manager of the office (the National Center for Energy Control, Cenace), among other amendments, it is also the only way on which the agricultural sector benefits from the generation of electricity in the country.
“In a country with the inequalities we have, it is inconceivable to stop subsidizing electricity supply for low-income domestic users and for the Mexican countryside and, therefore, the parsonage of electricity it will again be in the hands of the State, not of a market and its financial interests, ”he said.
In his speech within the Cycle Food Self-Supply and Technological Innovation with Sustainable Practices, convened by the Ministry of Agriculture, the director participated with the theme: Debate on the Electricity Reform and its implications for the Rural Environment, where he presented what he considered . to be most relevant to the discussion of energetic reform.
According to CFE calculations, the Mexican electricity market is worth $ 315,000 million and this is the business that the big energy generation companies are looking for, which is financed by funds that are in fact already part of the capital of several countries outside of Mexico, such as their nature. The Mexican state-owned electric company has a market value of $ 370,000 million even today, equity declining year on year by deducting its participation in energy generation.
On the other hand, the companies that already generate 62% of the national energy claim to have invested $ 44,000 million, which led them to defend their infrastructure even in legal terms, which resulted in no other instrument left. if the constitutional change. to the growth of private and the reduction of the CFE with current legislation.
“But the private companies have already recovered $ 22,000 million with the shipping rules that exist today and that the CFE has paid them, so they are trying to keep a market that is 14 times their investment, without having to to invest its growth. ”, the director of the CFE confirmed.
Once again, Bartlett attacked the foreign companies involved in generating electricity in Mexico today, especially against the Spaniards Iberdrola and the Italians In the, which, along with three other companies, is the oligopoly seeking to take over the Mexican electricity sector.
But in Mexico The low-consumption residential tariff has a subsidy that the State grants without restrictions as a progressive and essential social good for the development of the most vulnerable. At the same time, the agricultural tariff for intensive use of energy is also subsidized, which can not be left unprotected in a market because there would be a food risk of greater scales.
“Who will bear these costs that are spread in society? The companies will not do this and it is not possible to further reduce the revenue of the CFE in favor of a market. It’s pretty simple, ”Bartlett said.
In addition, he explained that recently the spread of the possibility that the Energy would be cheaper if purchased directly from producers on the other side of the border with US, which would generate greater dependence on the neighbor to the north and lead to the benefit of third parties from the neoliberal perspective that is pressing in many sectors of the country.
And meanwhile, the big companies that want to generate in the country are settling in the areas with the greatest natural wealth, which is generating more inequality, for which the reform it will continue its course and it will be negotiated so that there are no expropriations while the privileges of some companies end.