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Mexico looks to make summer energy subsidies permanent in Sonora

Mexico is renewing an energy subsidy to help Sonorans with the high costs of electricity during the scorching summer months, and the president says he’s looking to make that assistance permanent.

Every year, Sonoran governors  sign agreements with the federal electricity commission (CFE) to reduce energy costs during the hottest months of the year — from May through October.

But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said this week that he is working to establish a longer-lasting policy that won’t require annual renewals.

During his morning press conference, he said that for the rest of his administration the subsidy will be applied automatically, and he’s looking for a way to write it permanently into law.

But he said he would have to consider separately a suggestion that the subsidy be extended as high temperatures are arriving earlier and lasting longer amid climate change.

The current six-month subsidy goes into effect in all 72 Sonoran municipalities on May 1.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.