CENACE, CFE Announce 2023 Power Production, Transmission Tariffs
The National Energy Control Center (CENACE) updated the costs of its services as the grid operator for power producers, which will remain in force from Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2023. The New tariffs reflect a 15% reduction in comparison to 2022 operating fees.
CENACE published the tariffs for electricity generation and power loads in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) on Feb. 8, 2023. According to the document, the applicable tariff for generation services is MX$2.54/MWh (US$0.13/MWh), 14.4% less than the approved rate for 2022. For power loads, the center will apply a MX$6.32/MWh (US$0.33/MWh) tariff, 15% below the previous rate. CRE approved the new tariffs in advance on Dec. 20, 2022.
Regulatory tariffs provide CENACE with essential economic resources to efficiently manage the operation of the national electricity system and the wholesale electricity market, ensuring open access to the national transmission and general distribution networks. Moreover, this income funds the expansion and modernization of the grid and elements of the distribution networks corresponding to the wholesale electricity market.
CFE also announced its electricity transmission rates for 2023, which will remain steady. For interconnected power producers with a voltage higher or equivalent to 220kW, fees will remain at MX$0.05/kWh (US$0.002 kW/h). Meanwhile, tariffs for those under 220kW will continue to be MX$0.10/kWh (US$.005/kWh). CFE reported that these tariffs apply to generators participating in the wholesale electricity market. The supply service for consumers with a voltage greater or equal to 220kW will stand at MX$0.07/kWh (US$0.003/kWh) and for those lower than 220kW, will account for MX$0.17/kWh (US$0.009/kWh).
For end users, the rates will increase. According to El Financiero, in some municipalities of Mexico City, small businesses such as grocery stores, stationeries, beauty salons or others belonging to the Low Voltage Small Demand Tariff (PDBT), whose maximum consumption is 25kW/m, will see their rates rise. Businesses located in Alvaro Obregon, Coyoacan, Cuajimalpa, Iztapalapa, La Magdalena Contreras, Milpa Alta, Tlahuac, Tlalpan and Xochimilco face a 42.2% growth in their monthly payments, the highest increase in the city. This is partly because electricity tariffs for commercial businesses are not subsidized by the government like domestic tariffs are.