Mexico looks to make summer energy subsidies permanent in Sonora

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 4:18pm
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Mexico is renewing an energy subsidy to help Sonorans with the high costs of electricity during the scorching summer months, and the president says he’s looking to make that assistance permanent.

Every year, Sonoran governors sign agreements with the federal electricity commission (CFE) to reduce energy costs during the hottest months of the year — from May through October.

But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said this week that he is working to establish a longer-lasting policy that won’t require annual renewals.

During his morning press conference, he said that for the rest of his administration the subsidy will be applied automatically, and he’s looking for a way to write it permanently into law.

But he said he would have to consider separately a suggestion that the subsidy be extended as high temperatures are arriving earlier and lasting longer amid climate change.

The current six-month subsidy goes into effect in all 72 Sonoran municipalities on May 1.

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