December 11 (Renewables Now) - A judge in Mexico City has suspended the Mexican government’s recent resolution to extend the policy of granting clean energy certificates (CELs) to include old, state-owned electricity producers, Bloomberg reported Wednesday citing sources familiar with the case.
The Mexico City court has ruled on a request filed by French power producer Electricite de France SA (EPA:EDF) and fully suspended the government’s changes.
As Bloomberg reported in late November, one clean energy producer secured a legal victory that guaranteed the value of CELs, but the ruling only applied to that particular company, now revealed to be a Zuma Energia subsidiary.
The latest court ruling will apply country-wide and put an end to the government’s resolution, unless its originator, the Mexican energy ministry SENER, decides to appeal, Bloomberg says.
SENER's move to grant old, state-run clean energy producers the right to sell CELs, originally designed for renewable power plants, was met with heavy criticism by Mexican wind and solar associations.
Before SENER changed the rules, old plants, controlled by the state-owned utility CFE were meant to purchase CELs the same way as other large power consumers in Mexico