Last week, President López Obrador put energy at the top of his agenda. On Monday, he announced the results of the public consultation that decided the fate of Huexca’s thermoelectric plant, which was approved by a majority of 59.5 percent. The next day, he met with CRE President Commissioner Guillermo García Alcocer to clear the air after members of the administration accused García of having a conflict of interest. The Senate also approved AMLO’s proposals to substitute four commissioners at the regulatory agency while Minister of Energy Rocío Nahle García started her tour of several strategic states to define the policy strategy for the coming years.

Elsewhere, Colombia executed its first electricity auction. According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines the country aims to award 1,183TWh through 12-year PPA schemes. Given the competition standards, there were no winners. In the US, Trump nominated an ex-coal lobbyist to run the Environmental Protection Agency and David Hochschild was appointed Chair of California’s Energy Commission.

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NATIONAL

Meeting between President López Obrador and Guillermo García takes place According to AMLO, there is no intention to politically persecute CRE’s President Commissioner, who will continue working in this current position.

Public consultation says YES to Huexca’s Thermoelectric Plant With the participation of 53,532 voters from Puebla, Morelos and Tlaxcala states, the project was approved by a majority of 59.5 percent. But, is it viable? Check our blog.

Senate approves proposals for substituting missing Commissioners at CRE Of 11 candidates, four will be elected

CFE will purchase 400,000 tons of coal without calling for an auction process According to Armando Guadiana, President of the Energy Commission at the Senate, the goal is to support local coal producers in Coahuila

The Ministry of Energy executes forums with business community to design policy strategy In terms of electricity, Nahle will push for clean energy development to comply with the Energy Transition Law

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

David Hochschild is appointed Chair of California’s Energy Commission Chair Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector

Senate confirms ex-coal lobbyist to lead US environment regulator Andrew Wheeler was nominated by Trump in January to replace Scott Pruitt

Colombia’s first renewable auction ends without winners as competition standards have not been met The first electricity auction was set to award 12-year contracts for the annual supply of 1.183TWh

Tesla makes Model 3 available and shifts all sales online Shuttering stores and other operational efficiencies will result in lower vehicle prices by an average of 6 percent

Mining companies are betting on renewables and not just for cost South Africa’s Energy Minister urged mining firms to embrace renewables given the troubled situation with state utility Eskom

 

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