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On Tuesday, Aug. 10, Mexican Judge Juan Pablo Gómez Fierro declared that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) controversial reform to Mexico’s Electricity Industry Law (LIE) is unconstitutional and therefore should not proceed, calling it expensive and dirty in the process.

Gómez Fierro previously froze the reform in March for further review on its constitutionality, much to López Obrador’s chagrin. Now, the judge has determined the reform is discriminatory and limits competition from the private sector due to it giving undue priority to the state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to upload their power to the nation’s grid.

“It diminishes the efficiency of power plants that can be more efficient, which will be reflected in higher electricity rates for final consumers and to the detriment of sustainability, and without favoring the growth of development opportunities of clean, cheap and efficient energies that reduce the cost of energy,” said Gómez Fierro.

However, the judge’s ruling currently has no effect as López Obrador and congress have 10 days to file appeals against it, which would then need to be reviewed by Mexico’s Supreme Court Justice of the Nation.

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