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State Congress proposing CFE include Quintana Roo in summer subsidy program

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Congress of Quintana Roo Congress is preparing a proposal to include the state in the CFE’s annual summer subsidy rate program. State Congress is urging the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to include the state of Quintana Roo in the reduced energy consumption rates for the summer months, something that is not set for this year.

The seasonal program saves the average household around 20 percent on electricity. However, the state of Quintana Roo has not been included in the subsidy program for the summer of 2023.

Deputy Julián Ricalde Magaña says he will send the proposal to the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) who have the power to review the rates.

“According to the statements of the CFE, this year, the electricity rates will have an annual increase of 7.1 percent, which means that the bills will be much more expensive than in 2022 for the same consumption,” Ricalde Magaña said.

He said that he does not understand the reasoning behind the CFE’s decision to exclude Quintana Roo from the subsidy program this year, since the agency determined that the Yucatan Peninsula does not reach the required 30C during the summer months to qualify.

However, information from the National Water Commission (Conagua) shows state temperatures range between 30C and 40C between May and October.

“If more studies are necessary to corroborate it, we also urge that they be carried out in a timely manner. But it is not fair that the people of Quintana Roo are left out of the program which would be a great support, not only for those with fewer resources, but also for the middle class of the state, which represents more than 70 percent of the population,” he explained.