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Governor says state power plant project now to be built in Yucatan

Cancun, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo will have its own power plant, but just not inside the state. Governor Carlos Joaquín González confirmed that new power plant offered by the federal government will no longer be installed in Quintana Roo, but in Valladolid.

Currently, Quintana Roo buys its electrical needs from other states such as Yucatan, Tabasco and Chiapas. Joaquin says a meeting was held with CFE head Manuel Bartlett Díaz to discuss various projects for Quintana Roo, such as the power plant as well as better infrastructure including submarine cables to the islands.

“It is ironic that we are one of the states that demands the most energy. Quintana Roo requires half of all the electricity that is generated in the peninsula yet, it is a state that does not have any generating plant,” he pointed out.

Carlos Joaquin recalled that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered the state its own electric power plant, but for various reasons, including budget, the governor says he has been informed that it will be installed in Valladolid, Yucatán.

“They told us that it will be used to generate energy for Quintana Roo and that is why I asked to hold a talk with the director of the CFE, because they were not informed of that decision,” he said adding that he was hoping “it was possible to look for a joint scheme that would allow it to be installed in the state.”

He also said better infrastructure is required for the transmission of energy to various parts of the state, such as the cables that run to the islands. He said with better infrastructure, it would not only improve supply, it would make the service more efficient and less expensive.

“We are among the highest rates for electricity consumption due to these deficiencies and it is not fair that the population has to pay,” he said.

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