Renewable energy plants halted by indigenous groups’ complaints

Reiterating that the wind power plants located in Dzilam de Bravo and Tizimín will be inaugurated soon, the Yucatan Secretary of Economic Development, Ernesto Herrera Novelo, confirmed that construction of eight of the nine wind projects authorized at federal level is stopped by an order of the Supreme Court, following the complaint of the indigenous groups.


It was in 2016 when it was announced that Yucatán would be one of the beneficiary states with the impulse of clean energy with nine plants (five photovoltaic and four wind), product of an auction by the Energy Secretariat. However, three years later, none are in operation.


For some, as the director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Jaime Hernández Martínez, the picture is not very clear, since during a visit to the City of Merida he said there were eight and not nine scheduled for this entity.


What is true, in Yucatan there are 18 planned plants; nine, product of the auction and nine that are part from private investment. Of the total, only two have advances and will be inaugurated. One of each type of investment.


Some of the municipalities where they would be located are: Cansahcab, Dzilam de Bravo, Motul, Valladolid, Suma, Sinanche, Peto, Sucilá, Ticul, Yobaín, Tizimín, Progreso, Telchac Pueblo, Muna and Sacalum, and they will occupy nearly nine thousand hectares of state territory.


“There are two that are ready; Dzilam is practically in tests. The other one is in Tizimín. These two parks are already completely ready and will be inaugurated by the governor,” said Herrera Novelo.


The state official acknowledged that there is a delay in the development of the other plants due to a resolution of the Supreme Court of the Nation, who decided to stop the installation until there is no indigenous consultation in the area where they will be located.


He acknowledged that this regulation is new, since it was not included in the catalog of permits and requirements that are required this type of investment, “but upon seeing the request of several communities, the Supreme Court decided that a consultation of this type should be carried out” .


This consultation involves the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, and social organizations, who will give their opinion.


“I believe that rights must be respected. If our highest Court is determining that they should be heard, that should be taken into account for this type of decision, the correct thing is to obey what the law says,” he said.


Text: Jesús Gómez

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