CRE Declines Four Photovoltaic Power Generation Permits
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CRE Declines Four Photovoltaic Power Generation Permits

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María José Goytia By María José Goytia | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 02/02/2022 - 10:54

In its first 2022 session, the Regulatory Energy Commission (CRE) declined the authorization of power generation to four applicants and the modification of a self-supply permit. On the contrary, it approved draft electricity penalties without specifying who would be affected. 

The first permit to be denied was to Energía Sierra Juárez Holding for a plant to be located in Baja California with a capacity of 72 megawatts. The second was to FP Proyectos de Energía Renovable de México located in Campeche with a capacity of 9.9 megawatts. The third was to Mares Energía for a plant with a capacity of 25.5 megawatts in the State of Mexico. The fourth project to be denied belonged to Energías Renovables Valle del Mezquital located in the State of Hidalgo with a capacity of 29.2 megawatts. All four projects were photovoltaic generation initiatives.

CRE also declined the modification of the sixth condition, referring to the program, start and completion of works, of the electric power generation permit granted to Ecoparque Solar Aguascalientes II. Although in previous sessions permits or modifications to other authorizations have already been denied, this occurred during the Open Parliament held in Congress for the discussion of the electric bill that seeks to strengthen the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the electricity generation market. Both the denial of permits and of the modification of regulation were unanimously approved by all members of CRE’s board.

However, the CRE approved eleven draft resolutions to initiate administrative expiration and sanction procedures, in matters of electricity and hydrocarbons. The regulatory body did not specify what type of sanctions, nor which participants in both sectors would be affected. The commission also authorized 21 new fuel retailing permits.

This Friday, the CRE could potentially vote on the sanctions that Iberdrola will receive for the "Dulces Nombres" power plant, located in Pesquería, Nuevo León, for falling into an illegal scheme of commercializing surplus electricity and transmitting it to its partners using CFE transmission lines.

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