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Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The electricity and other utilities are reliable in Mexico.

Mexico is not much different than the US or Canada when it comes to electrical service.  In the cities, you will seldom see blackouts and I have not seen any brownouts in over 10 years of spending a lot of time in various parts of Mexico.  I have actually seen more power outages in my home state of Wyoming.

When there is a blackout it usually is only for a few minutes.  I can only remember one time that the electricity was off for more than a few hours.  The times that I have noticed longer periods without electricity have been when the electric company is upgrading or replacing equipment.  The short blackouts are usually due to a storm or an accident such as a car running into a power pole.
 
I have also noticed that other utilities (internet, telephone, cell phone, and water) are also very dependable.  You will find breaks in cell phone service in some rural areas – just like the US and Canada.  All three countries are large and there are areas without cell phone towers. In fact, all three countries even have areas without electricity, internet, water or phone service.
 
 
 
The reliability is the same but sometimes things are done differently.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(This certainly would be frowned upon by safety regulations in the US)
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Xalapa, Veracruz at night, pictured – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingELECTRICITY is reliable in the Xalapa region, in the state of Veracruz, with blackouts and brownouts being very rare. 
 
(Xalapa, Veracruz at night, pictured, pictured.)
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Mayan woman cooking over a wood fire, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBlackouts do happen in Mexico but not a lot. However, there are still a few places in the country that do not have electric service.
 
The blackouts that happen here in Mexico are just like the ones that occur in the US. It doesn’t go out for a whole day. The power goes out for maybe a few minutes and it will be switched back on. As long as you are in a developed area as most expats would be, you wouldn’t have any problem with blackouts or brownouts more than you would have in the US.
 
If there is a rainstorm, we sometimes get blackouts for a few minutes but it is not a serious problem and it doesn’t go out for an entire night.
 
(Mayan woman cooking traditionally over a wood fire, Mexico, pictured.)
Richard Kemper – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Rain in Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNowadays, electricity is reliable in Mexico.  Recently, they came to the complex and took all the electrical wires and moved them under ground. We have thunderstorms during the rainy season. The rainy season is usually about three months.  It started about the second week of June and it will be over in Ajijic in September.
 
Thunderstorms will knock out the power because the wiring is at tree level. After they moved the wiring underground, there are only a handful of times when I lose electricity and I wouldn’t lose it for hours. It comes back in less than an hour.
 
Since they put the wiring underground, I can’t think of one time this year when we lost electricity for a long time.  
 
(Rain in Mexico, pictured. )

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