Coastal political sectors support government intervention in the Creg

Before the confirmation of President Gustavo Petro to carry out the intervention of the Creg through the Ministry of Mines and Energy, some political leaders of the region celebrated the determination of the national government.

Liberal party senator Mauricio Gómez Amín indicated that the decision announced by Gustavo Petro from Cartagena has his support, because the Creg “imposes unaffordable tariffs that directly damage the wallets of the users”.

“Hopefully this measure will provide a timely solution to this problem,” said Gómez Amín.

For his part, the Senator of the U Party, José David Name, noted that the functions that President Gustavo Petro would include in the Creg should be reviewed in detail. He also explained that he agrees because it’s a quick and shocking way to cut energy rates.

“It should be a temporary measure, a measure while, as the president said in Cartagena in Andesco, the new law of the development plan is being made.”

He added: “I believe President Petro’s administration can do two things with a measure, the first is to change the contracts of the hydraulic generators, to change the whole issue of the reliability charge, which I am talking about. disagree that it is supplied to the water generating companies to the hydraulics yes i agree that they supply it to the coal or gas generating companies he can make those decisions quickly by taking on those roles And secondly, it could also retract the article that allows companies like Aire and Afinia to collect jointly and severally losses from all users on the Caribbean coast.”

One of the senators who questioned the announcement was Carlos Meisel of the Democratic Center, who indicated that before the Creg intervenes, the action should be to listen to the officials who are there and find out their views on the subject. .

“This is a difficult problem that all actors have to succumb to. If you think there is only one person responsible, you cloud it.”

He added: “The solution to the energy problem in the Caribbean is not on the side of intervention. Think of all the politicians stumbling over Electricaribe. And what happened? (…) the energy problem is complex and he is not God. We need to integrate generators, distributors and marketers in supporting the problem and 3 other proposals we have made to the government”.

In turn, the parliamentarian of the Historical Pact and the chairman of the Mais Martha Peralta party remarked: “The Petro government will Creg to intervene in the electricity market. Those excessive charges on energy must stop. I celebrate the decision, a government moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Colombia’s ambassador to Venezuela, Armando Benedetti, also celebrated the decision, stating: “De Creg has never been on the side of the users. Bravo to the president.”

It is important to note that during the installation of the Accidental Monitoring Commission to discuss energy service companies Air-e and Afinia, House President David Racero expected the government commission to study the possibility of President Petro intervening in the Commission. for the Regulation of Energy and Gas (Creg).

Therefore, Racero was added to the group of congressmen who emphasized the determination of the national government.

For his part, Liberal Party representative Andrés Calle said: “It is not fair that our Colombians continue to pay those high amounts in energy tariffs.”

The president of the republic had expressed his disagreements with the Creg a few weeks ago because of the increases in electricity rates.

“Can you increase the payment for electricity service if the reservoirs are full and it is a very rainy season?” he wrote on his Twitter account.

President Petro has indicated that the intervention will be carried out as stipulated in the law.

“We have made an article in law by Duque, in his Development Plan, that allows us to take over the functions of the Creg and we are going to use that article,” the Colombian president said during the closing day of the Andesco congress. in Cartagena.

The head of state emphatically argued that the Creg and the Superintendents should be “independent” from private interest: “These entities should regulate the markets on a universal duty, not to sign financial speculation processes as they have done so far.” .

Source: El Heraldo