May 22, 2020 | 6:48 pm

Renewable energy companies in Mexico should pay part of the cost to ensure the continuous flow in the electricity grid, said Manuel Bartlett, director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

However, Bartlett said the company favors cleaner energy and will seek to further reduce its use of fuel oil as a major source of generation.

“Wind and photovoltaic plants do not pay it, they do not pay the CFE the support,” said Bartlett, referring to the cost of generating energy from fossil fuels, mostly natural gas, to guarantee an uninterrupted flow to the grid. “I can’t allow that.”

Last month, Mexico’s power grid regulator, the National Energy Control Center (Cenace), issued a ruling backed by Bartlett that prevented several dozen new renewable energy plants from connecting to the system.

Cenace cited the national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic as justification, arguing that the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy is not consistent with ensuring a constant supply of the service.

The decision prompted letters of complaint addressed to the Energy Secretariat by the European Union and Canada, whose governments were upset that their companies had been excluded.

Mexican business associations also criticized the measure, saying it leaves more than $ 6 billion in investments in renewable energy plants slated to start operating this year or next.

In a provisional ruling this week, a judge ordered CENACE to withdraw and allow renewables to continue with the necessary tests to put the plants into operation.