In order to help guarantee the supply of electricity in the face of the effects of a lack of natural gas in the north of the country, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called on the population to reduce consumption between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA) reported staggered and even definitive stoppages in five states and in a letter asked the government to guarantee electricity and industrial gas in order to maintain investments.
During his conference at the National Palace, López Obrador admitted that he did not ask before to reduce consumption because he did not want to generate alarm and to avoid attacks by his opponents.
“It will help a lot if we all participate and that we can, in these peak hours, lower our consumption… from 6 to 11, is what I would propose, because it will help in any circumstance.
« Telling the Mexicans to help us, I did not want to do it from the beginning because we have all the pressure from our adversaries … (and) a greater alarm was going to be generated that was going to cause us a more complicated situation, » he said.
The president was accompanied by the heads of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Manuel Bartlett, and the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace), Carlos Meléndez, who announced the actions to restore supply.
In the afternoon, on social media, the federal government launched the campaign « Support a little, turn off a light bulb », in which it asks the population to avoid « unnecessary » electricity consumption between 6 pm and 11 pm.
“Saving electrical energy benefits the environment and in these times of emergency it helps the stability of the national electrical system. #ApoyaUnPocoApagaUnFoco ”, the general coordinator of Social Communication of the Presidency, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, wrote on his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, the institutional account of the government of the Republic (@G GobiernoMx) spread: “In this period of cold fronts in the north of the country, let us have a conscious use of energy. Avoid unnecessary light consumption. Let’s optimize resources and take care of the planet ”.
In turn, the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, reported that she spoke with the coordinator of the Southern Border of the National Economic Council of the White House, Roberta S. Jacobson, about the effects of the shortage of natural gas in both nations in order to find solutions.
This after yesterday the oil and gas regulator of Texas, in the United States, notified producers of the order of the governor, Greg Abbott, not to sell the energy outside the state until February 21 while solving the problem of electricity supply .
In Texas the winter storm has left at least 24 dead and more than 4 million people remain without power; while in Mexico yesterday it rose to 20 deaths after registering another six.
In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, a man died of hypothermia on the street; in Tamaulipas, two died from cold in Matamoros, another in Reynosa and two more in Valle Hermoso, including one from poisoning with a heater.
The president of the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), José Zozaya, reported that the reduction in the supply of natural gas affected the automotive industry in five states, causing staggered and even definitive stoppages not only of assembly plants, but of companies that supply auto parts and equipment.
There are five plants that have had a decrease in their activity, located mainly in Guanajuato, Puebla, Chihuahua, Nuevo León and Coahuila; it is expected that as the days progress, the strikes will be total, especially today and tomorrow.
“Technical stoppages have been made in some shifts, others have been canceled; They inform me that there are companies that operate between 30 and 60 percent and that others will have to stop because already today (Thursday) at night they completely suspend their gas supply, « he said in an interview for Telediario Bajío.
Zozaya was confident that the situation will normalize between Sunday and Monday once Texas, the main fuel supplier, returns to normal after the setbacks caused by meteorological phenomena.
LETTER TO THE EXECUTIVE
The Mexican automotive industry called on the President to guarantee the supply of electric energy and industrial gas as a measure to maintain investments in the sector and take care of the most relevant manufacturing in the country.
In a letter sent yesterday to the head of the Executive, the four main associations expressed their concern about the lack of electricity and the imminent shortage of gas for industrial use, plus the ravages left by the covid-19 pandemic.
They highlighted that there is uncertainty about the future of the Mexican energy sector to care for and maintain investments, which endangers the billions of jobs in the manufacturing sector and not only the economy of Mexico, but of North America, as it is its main supplier. .
The letter, to which MILENIO had access, was signed by José Zozaya, president of AMIA; Miguel Elizalde, from the National Association of Bus, Truck and Tractor Producers; Óscar Albín, leader of the National Autoparts Industry, and Guillermo Prieto Treviño, of the Mexican Association of Automotive Distributors.
Due to the natural gas shortage, Nissan will advance technical shutdowns scheduled for March at the Aguascalientes plant, while Ford halted operations in Hermosillo, Sonora; Mazda in Salamanca, General Motors in Silao, in Guanajuato; Volkswagen and Audi in Puebla, and Kia Motors in Pesquería, NL; Vitro also makes adjustments.
IT RAINS CRITICS ON TED CRUZ
While Texans suffer the ravages of the storm, Republican Senator Ted Cruz traveled to Cancun, Mexico, and was forced to return after a barrage of criticism. Protesters demanded his resignation at the Houston airport and outside the legislator’s home.
With information from: Eduardo de la Rosa, Pilar Juárez, Esther Herrera, . and ..