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Governor says CFE will not carry unpaid bills and that services will be cut

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Governor of Quintana Roo Carlos Joaquín González says the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) will not forgive overdue electricity bills during the coronavirus pandemic that has seen hundreds of thousands of state workers sent home.

In his Tuesday address, Carlos Joaquín stated that the Federal Electricity Commission does not want to promote the culture of non-payment, noting the CFE will not carry overdue bills forward since they say, the energy has already been consumed.

He acknowledged the issues that exist around the state regarding power cuts to both private homes and businesses, adding that there is no solidarity on part of the CFE since the company explained that payments must be made otherwise the service will be suspended.

He pointed out that he has held talks with Manuel Bartlett, CFE director as well as with the region’s superintendent, in addition to this, he said, his team has worked with various CFE executives in the area.

Carlos Joaquín stressed that the state government made an agreement with CFE to pay one month of the two-month billing cycle, which represents 68 percent of the total users in Quintana Roo, as part of the strategy to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have paid those who have rates in 1A, in 1C, those who consume up to 300 kilowatt-hours, the state government has paid a month of the bimonthly bill they have,” he said adding that “we have asked for sensitivity (from the CFE) and they have told us that they have a concept of not creating a culture of non-payment, that there must be a payment, that the debts are due or they will carry out the cuts.”