Mexico electricity outage leaves 10.3 million temporarily without power

General view shows an apartment building without electric light during an outage in Mexico's electricity network that left 10.3 million users without power for up to two hours, in Monterrey
General view shows an apartment building without electric light during an outage in Mexico's electricity network that left 10.3 million users without power for up to two hours, in Monterrey, Mexico December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

December 29, 2020

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An outage in Mexico’s electricity network left 10.3 million users without power for up to two hours on Monday, the national electricity utility (CFE) said.

The National Center of Energy Control (CENACE) said the network lost 7,500 megawatts because of “an imbalance between load and power generation.”

“Automatic protection schemes were activated in order to minimize a greater risk,” CENACE said in a Tweet.

CENACE and CFE did not immediately provide further details on the problem.

Mexican news outlet Milenio earlier reported that the outage affected people in a dozen states as well as the populous capital district.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Adriana Barrera; editing by Jane Wardell)