Energy Regulatory Commission modifies regulation on permit updates

 Professional related: Horacio M. de Uriarte   |      June 28th, 2021

On June 25, 2021, the Energy Regulatory Commission (“CRE”) published in the Official Gazette of the Federation the resolution number A/019/2021 (the “Resolution”) whereby the regulations relating to permit updates were amended – permit “updates” consist of changes relating to the permit holder or the project that are of a corporate or administrative nature, or that are of a technical nature but without affecting the activity subject matter of the permit in a substantive manner, whereas for substantive modifications, permit holders would have to request an “amendment” of their permits, a process that is more onerous from an administrative standpoint.

The main change derived from the Resolution is the modification of the process for the approval of permit updates. Previously, it was established that the Head of the corresponding Administrative Unit would be the body responsible for authorizing permit updates. Now, the head of the relevant Administrative Unit must carry out a technical and legal analysis and validation of the application, and draft a resolution proposal for the Plenary’s assessment. The Plenary will now be the body responsible for approving these requests, thus requiring their review by CRE’s commissioners prior to their authorization, as in the case of permit “amendments”.

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