AMLO’s reform could hinder joint clean energy and climate efforts, said Jennifer Granholm.
(CDMX – Agencies) President Joe Biden’s administration has real concerns about the potential negative impact that the Mexican government’s proposed energy reform would have on private U.S. investment, said Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy.
At the end of her working tour of Mexico, the U.S. official pointed out that the reform proposed by President López Obrador could also hinder joint U.S.-Mexico efforts on clean energy and climate.
“We must maintain and enhance open and competitive energy markets that benefit North America. I was assured that Mexico is committed to supporting clean energy and resolving current disputes with energy projects within the rule of law,” Jennifer Granholm said.
She added that Mexico had been ‘blessed’ with a large amount of potential renewable energy that, if fully realized, could boost the country more than 10-fold, create millions of well-paying jobs and develop an extraordinary export industry geared to a world in need of clean energy.
“We have expressed our enthusiasm for working with the Mexican government to move forward in meeting its climate goals and growing a competitive and diversified clean energy economy.”
Among other priorities, Secretary Granholm said they want to explore collaboration on geothermal energy development, renewable energy grid integration, methane reduction, and rural electrification.
“Collaborative and forward-looking relationships are what North America needs to maintain its competitive edge around the world, and the Biden-Harris administration looks forward to working with Mexico to ensure that we both succeed in creating a mutually respectful path toward our shared energy goals,” the U.S. Secretary of Energy said.