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Government of Mexico addresses ‘exceptional situation’ of power blackouts

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Electric power failures continue around the country stressing state-owned CFE to keep up with demand. The high demand for electricity is being blamed on the country’s second intense heat wave of the year.

Nearly a dozen states have recorded temperatures above 45C (113F).

The Government of Mexico is responding to the exceptional interruption of electrical energy in 18 states as a result of the second heat wave, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In a morning press conference, he explained that the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) established an alarm and that for a brief period, supply outages were reported that were immediately corrected.

“Fortunately, the entire electrical energy system was restored again, but we are going to be very attentive to this special situation that is being experienced. (…) Tell people that we have the capacity to generate energy even with this. I think it was something exceptional, that was not expected,” he said Wednesday morning.

López Obrador said he was meeting with members of the federal government and representatives of private companies in order to jointly resolve the atypical electrical system event.

AMLO refers to the blackouts as an “exceptional situation”. Photo: AMLO May 8, 2024.

“We have to avoid it. That’s what I’m going to do now, to have a meeting so that we can come to an agreement because still, half of the generation of electrical energy is produced by private companies and we have to come to an agreement so that the plants are in good condition,” he reported.

However Wednesday night, some areas of Quintana Roo continued to report intermediate power failures. The Yucatan Peninsula was part of the 18-state grid supply that experienced the blackout Tuesday night.

Mexico’s CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad) recently curtailed energy to the neighboring country of Belize in an attempt to keep up with its own demand.