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Cancun restaurants affected by price increase of electricity

Cancun, Q.R. — Rising electricity rates are affecting restaurants as well as hotels, with some saying their electricity bills have doubled.

The restaurateurs and the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco) have had a meeting to address the issue of the rise in CFE rates. They say their arguments will be heard by the Commission Federal Electricity (CFE) next week.

Xavier de Jesús Rosado Martínez, delegate of Profeco, explained that the meeting will be with Humberto Saldaña Rodríguez, CFE distribution manager of Yucatán Peninsula, although the body that will resolve the case is the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).

“The restaurants have raised the problem about the increase that is at least 30 percent and we understand the affectation,” he said adding, “During our last meeting, we explained that the CRE will be the one to explain how and why the rates increased and if the rates are correct. It will be an arduous task.”

Juan Pablo Aguirre, president of the National Chamber of Restaurants mentioned that some members are even reluctant to pay for the service because they consider it unfair with some receiving bills that are 6,000 peso more.

“We are more than 270 affiliates in Cancun and we generate 33,000 direct jobs, however, we are being affected by the rise in electricity prices so we are asking the CRE to give us an explanation of why the rise since the prices are unacceptable,” added Rosado Martínez.