Faced with the critical scenario of the water crisis in the reservoirs, the National Electric System Operator (ONS) indicated that there may be an “exhaustion” of practically all energy resources in November, at the end of the period without rain. The alert was made due to the prospect of increased energy consumption in the coming months, driven by the sectors of commerce and services, associated with a more “realistic” estimate of the number of thermoelectric plants available for energy generation.
According to a technical note issued yesterday by the agency, the storage levels of the reservoirs should reach the limit by the end of the year, mainly in the remaining South and Northeast regions. In the worst scenario predicted by the agency, the country would need to import 2 gigawatts of energy to supply the power of electricity and guarantee supply.
In addition to the growth in demand in trade and services, the continued high pace of industries, especially those geared towards exports, raised the outlook for energy demand for the coming months. Data on availability of thermal plants were also revised, as plants may be unavailable for different reasons.
The information is from the newspaper The State of São Paulo.
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