US Secretary of Energy Met with Mexican PresidentBy María José Goytia | Wed, 01/26/2022 - 18:11
The US Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, arrived in Mexico to discuss renewable energies and the electricity reform proposal that is currently being debated in Congress. Granholm´s two-day visit agenda included renewable energies, US investment in the sector, and the electric reform bill being debated in Congress.
"The US government wants to communicate two messages: the first one is that we see great opportunities to partner with Mexico and promote clean energy and make North America a unified economic area with common goals toward decarbonization, […], and we too hope that the issues regarding the energy reform can be resolved to then catch up with this great opportunity, we know it is being discussed right now."
Granholm met with President López Obrador and Rocio Nahle, where they discussed the US government's concerns with clean energy and the uncertainty facing American investment in Mexico´s energy sector. “We dealt with matters of interest for our peoples and nations; respect, understanding, and willingness to cooperate for development prevailed."
During her public statement Granholm said "like all friends, we may have some issues that we have to work on, like the electric reform, but in the end, I am sure we are strong allies and we support each other as we represent a strong economy in North America."
The visit of Secretary Granholm occurs amid pressures to President Joe Biden’s administration as several businessmen, congressmen and senators have demanded a stronger position towards Mexico’s nationalist policy in the energy sector. Meanwhile, President López Obrador's electric bill is being discussed in an open parliament throughout January. Formal voting is forecast to occur in April.
During her visit, Granholm was greeted by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), US ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar, members of Mexico´s Congress and Senate, the American Chamber of Commerce, as well as with Mexico City´s mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.