A wind farm stands in the town of Dzilam de Bravo near Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. At the end of the last century, before the commodities boom brought a wave of development to Latin America, opposition to the blight of new electricity infrastructure was rare. People just wanted the energy. Now that 100 percent of the region’s biggest economies have access to power, the “Not in my backyard” movement—or Nimby’ism—that has long been the norm from Europe to the U.S. is creeping in here, too. Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg , Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Mexico’s attempt to limit the growth of clean energy suffered its biggest blow yet Wednesday when a judge suspended rules that critics say favor fossil-fuel plants run by the state-owned utility. The ruling by a federal judge prohibits the government from enforcing the regulations implemented by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador until a lawsuit challenging them is resolved. The government can appeal the decision. The fight over the rules, announced in early May, is the latest in a worsening clash between Mexico’s business elite and its populist president. The measures would have delayed testing for new wind and solar farms and given the […]

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