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Mexico Blocks European Solar and Wind Plants to Favor State Utility

  • Energy regulator stops plants from operating amid permit delay
  • A dozen solar and wind plants await modifications to permits

France’s Engie SA, Italy’s Enel SpA and Spain’s Acciona Energia SA are among the foreign companies that Mexico’s energy regulator has blocked from operating wind and solar plants as the government seeks to concentrate power in the hands of the state utility.

At least a dozen photovoltaic and wind-energy projects totaling more than 1,500 megawatts have been constructed and are ready to operate in Mexico, but there’s a hitch. The energy regulatory commission, or CRE, has yet to approve modifications to their permits that would enable them to conduct operations, according to government information seen by Bloomberg.