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Weekly Report - 07 January 2021 (WR-21-01)

MEXICO: Blackout fuels debate over renewable energy

A massive blackout affecting more than 10m Mexicans in a third of the country’s states on 28 December has set the stage for a fierce debate between the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the political opposition, led by the main right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), over renewable energy in Mexico. The state-owned electricity firm Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) initially blamed unforeseen circumstances but shortly after the PAN party president, Marko Cortés, contended that the power outage underpinned the need for more renewable energy to be added to the grid, the CFE blamed the blackout on “intermittent” renewable energy.

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