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CFE says blackouts on Isla Mujeres due to increase in demand

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The Superintendent of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for northern Quintana Roo, Gonzalo Paredes Plancarte, acknowledged that the blackouts on Isla Mujeres are due to electrical overloads from an increase in demand.

The increase in demand is from an increase in tourism and general growth of the island. He explained that there is an ongoing maintenance program and review of submarine lines that supply electricity to the entire island and even though the life span of the lines are still valid, there have been failures that have left the island without electricity.

The official acknowledged that they are planning to replace some accessories and the submarine lines, which could be budgeted into this year.

“The demand for electricity has gone up,” he said adding that emergency plants have been brought in to operate in times when the demand for electricity is higher.

“At the moment, we have the capacity to supply electricity to Isla Mujeres, but I repeat the submarine lines are in perfect condition and if they are replaced, it is not because they are in bad condition,” he commented.

He insisted that the recent failures were not because the cables failed, but due to an external incident by third parties for which they have a lawsuit in progress.