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New power outages scheduled for Yucatán

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Amidst rate increases, blackouts, and aging infrastructure, electricity consumers in Yucatán wonder where all the money is going. Photo: Courtesy

The CFE has announced that they will be interrupting service across the Yucatán Peninsula for scheduled maintenance.

In Yucatán, the outages are scheduled for Sept. 28 through 29.

The affected areas include parts of Mérida, Kanasín, and Texán.   

Power outages in Mérida are set to last from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. in Colonia Magnolias, Terranova, and some areas surrounding the city’s Periférico. 

This is not the first time the CFE has scheduled similar blackouts in the past several months, and in fact, are beginning to feel routine. 

Four days after tropical storm Grace battered the Yucatán Peninsula in April, thousands of residents were without electricity for several days

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

The CFE did not specify why exactly these blackouts are necessary, but it is being widely speculated on social media that the measures have to do with fixing infrastructure problems caused by recent storms. 

“Power outages, planned and otherwise are highly disruptive as they make going about everyday business extremely difficult, but the CFE does not seem to care. The root problem here is corruption,” commented Emmanuel May, a resident of Kanasín on Facebook. 

Following a surge in blackouts, the CFE said that it was planning to build two new power plants in Yucatán to help address the issue. 

The new plants in Yucatán will be in Mérida and Valladolid and should be completed by 2024.

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