In Mexico, government proposes bill to amend constitution impacting the energy sector

By Max de Haldevang, Maya Averbuch and Amy Stillman, 18 October
Mexico City, Mexico (photo credit: Kasper Christensen / Flickr)
Mexico City, Mexico (photo credit: Kasper Christensen / Flickr)
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has presented a constitutional amendment favoring the state-owned power utility over private companies after a similar reform was partially suspended by the courts. The bill will give 54% of the power market to Comision Federal de Electricidad, which will also absorb the regulator that manages the power grid. In addition, lithium extraction will be limited to the government, except for a few contracts that have already been signed. [...] Changing the constitution is seen as a major blow to the nascent private energy sector after Mexico’s historic 2013-2014 energy opening, which ended more than 75 years of oil nationalism in the country. Since taking power in late 2018, the president has vowed to dial back the reforms of his predecessor and prioritize the country’s embattled state-run companies Petroleos Mexicanos and CFE, as the state utility is known.
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