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Governor: The CFE must do more to avoid power outages

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Yucatán’s governor called upon the CFE to improve its service and avoid blackouts. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal called yesterday on the CFE to do more to prevent blackouts. 

In a written statement, the governor said that the power company must resolve its issues and ensure the uninterrupted supply of electricity to homes and businesses in Yucatán. 

The statement by the governor comes a couple of days after power outages caused by a storm left many in the city without electricity for several hours, and some for well over an entire day. 

“We know that the CFE is committed to offering a better service to its consumers, but we must insist that the company redouble its efforts to avoid situations in which power outages occur,” said Vila Dosal, in Spanish.

The governor also noted that because many water distribution plants rely on the CFE, when the power goes out, homeowners’ taps run dry. 

The situation is particularly dire given the high temperatures experienced in the region over the past few weeks.

Earlier: People in Merida’s north hit with nighttime power failures

Many note that constant power outages are not just annoying or inconvenient. Prolonged blackouts result in food spoilage and damage to home appliances.

“What are we supposed to do about our food? We have been without power since yesterday at 9 p.m. in Fraccionamiento las Américas,” @Admar_Querales said on Twitter. 

Power outages are also tough on business owners who are often forced to turn customers away or close up shop early.

In several parts of Mérida such as García Ginerés and Ciudad Caucel, power outages have become increasingly common over the past couple of years. 

Several citizen organizations and neighborhood groups have asked the CFE to explain and address the root cause of the problem.

However, the notoriously hermetic CFE leadership has continued to claim that the blackouts are caused by circumstances out of their control and that they are, as their slogan says “una empresa de clase mundial” — a world-class company. 

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