The National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) intends to readjust the price of electricity throughout Brazil. The forecast is for the values to increase in September.
The information was confirmed by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes on Thursday (26) who said “it’s no use sitting around crying,” when he warned that the extra light rate should have a new readjustment because of the water crisis.
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How much will it go up?
Government calculations point to the possibility of the level 2 red flag, currently at R$ 9.49 per 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh), to be raised to between R$ 15 and R$ 20, reaching up to R$ 25.
Who is to blame?
Brazil is going through the worst water crisis since 1930, according to the National Electric System Operator (ONS). As a result, there was a need to use thermoelectric plants – more expensive.
This is because hydroelectric plants represented 65.2% of energy supply, according to ONS data from 2020, that is, they remain the largest source.
What worries us is that the Southeast/Midwest reservoir subsystem is at 22.32% of its capacity. It is responsible for approximately 70% of the energy produced in hydroelectric plants across the country.
President Jair Bolsonaro recognized, this Thursday (26), in a live broadcast on social networks, the seriousness of the water crisis and asked the population to reduce electricity consumption.
“We will make an appeal to you who are at home. Turn off a point of light,” he added. According to Bolsonaro, some dams in the country will cease to exist if the crisis does not stop.
The electric energy secretary at the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Christiano Vieira, said that the government will give an award for the reduction in consumption. The head of the ministry, Bento Albuquerque, said he did not understand the measures as rationing.
Energy reduction in public administration and companies
Bolsonaro issued a decree to determine the reduction of electricity consumption in public administration bodies. The measure takes effect from September 1st.
According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), with the measure, the government is expected to reduce electricity consumption by between 10% and 20%, compared to the average consumption in the same month in 2018 and 2019. Energy savings should take place between September 2021 and April 2022 and will not apply to state-owned companies.
Another measure, this time from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, establishes guidelines for the industrial sector to present Voluntary Electricity Demand Reduction (RVD) offers.
The program, of an “exceptional and temporary” character, will last until April 30, 2022.
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