Queretaro’s New Government is Betting on Green EnergiesBy Antonio Trujillo | Wed, 09/15/2021 - 10:46
The incoming government of the state of Queretaro has announced the creation of a state Energy Agency, whose primary objective will be to ensure policies aligned with greater efficiency in energy generation as well as the development of green energies.
Following last June 6 elections, governor-elect Mauricio Kuri took it upon himself to, in his words “be a responsible and honest governor. Sensible to the needs of the people, I will be innovative and very creative.” As part of these efforts and promises, his transition team has announced the creation of a state Energy Agency.
Kuri´s administration, which will begin its tenure next October, commented that the agency will be led by Mauricio Reyes Caracheo, long-time public administrator and at one-point CFE’s regional superintendent. Kuri, who had been touring the US said Queretaro is in need of a greater infrastructure to support companies that plan to invest in the state and in its various industries. “I have just arrived from Washington and I’m realizing we need to search for new energies and cleaner energies, above all energy generation and the ability to welcome new companies,” he said. The energy agency will respond to the population´s needs by looking for a greater energy supply and investments in the private sector.
Other strategies from the incoming administration that were announced include a MInistry for Planning and Citizen Participation, to be led by Luis Antonio Rángel Méndez, another public administrator with experience in the state’s Chamber of Deputies, which will be in charge of devising public policies as well as regulatory improvements.
Queretaro’s new administration will face the aftermath of a year-long economic recession due to the pandemic. MBN reported last month on the state´s workforce, and its 6.53 unemployment rate, considered the second highest in the country. Additionally, the local workforce is characterized by a high level of internal mobility, straining the local labor market.
On a brighter note, the state is also notable for being the world’s fourth largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for its aerospace industry, revealed Colonel Antonio Bravo in an interview for MBN. In the past, Queretaro has hosted important events and fairs, such as the Mexico Aerospace Fair (FAMEX), though it was ultimately not held there due to COVID-19 restrictions, reported MBN. The state also hosts the nation’s most important university for aerospace higher education, the Aeronautical University in Queretaro.