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The government announces a "water scarcity" tariff;  The cost will be R$ 14.20 per 100 kWh |  water crisis

The government announces a “water scarcity” tariff; The cost will be R$ 14.20 per 100 kWh | water crisis

National Electric Energy Agency (snake(31) announced a new level of tariff science for electricity bills across the country. It should be “the science of defining water scarcity” Comes into effect on Wednesday (first) and adds R$14.20 to bills for every 100 kWh consumed.

According to the text issued by the agency, The new flag is expected to remain in effect until April 30, 2022. Until now , flag color It was set month by month.

represents the new flag a Highest level 49.63% Regarding the Level 2 red flag, which was the highest in the system and was in effect in recent months. Watch how the flags system works:

Understanding tariff flags – Photo: G1 Economy

Thus, in light of the already existing collection deficit, exceeding R$5 billion, and the verified high costs, in particular of thermal power generation, a decision of ANEEL was approved to implement the defined level of tariff science, titled “Water Scarcity”, in the amount of 14.20 R$/kWh, from September 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022,” the government said in a note.

The reason is the aggravation of the water crisis, which required additional measures from the electricity sector so as not to run out of power in October and November – months that will be the most dangerous months of the year.

Also according to the government and Aneel, the “water scarcity” banner will result in a 6.78% increase in the average electricity bill for regulated consumers (served by distributors). Citizens bound by social tariffs will not be affected by the new science.

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The amendment announced on Tuesday is the second of the year. At the end of June, it was Aneel re-adjusted the level of the red flag 2 tariff from R$ 6.24 to R$ 9.49 for every 100 kWh consumed. 52% high.

See below for a chronology of tariffs in 2021:

  • January to April – Yellow flag at a cost of R$1.343 per 100 kWh;
  • in May – Red Flag Level 1, at a cost of R$4.169 per 100 kWh;
  • June – Red Flag Level 2 (turned on due to deteriorating water conditions), at a cost of R$6,243 per 100 kWh;
  • July and August – The red flag level 2 was preserved, but when the amount of R$9.49 was readjusted.

government account deficit

The brand account, i.e. the amount that brands collect to cover the increase in production cost, is already running a deficit of R$5 billion as of July 2022.

According to Aneel’s general manager, André Pepitone, Leakage will increase by R$8.6 billion due to the worsening water crisis – Which will force the country to import more energy from Argentina and Uruguay and operate more thermal plants, in addition to ensuring the provision of inputs for these industries.

With that, the flag account will have a file A deficit of R$13.6 billion, according to Pepitone, that will be paid in full with the revenue collected by the new brand. Between September and April.

The hammer was struck on Tuesday, after a new meeting of Craig’s ministers. The value advocated by the economic team of government, which is concerned with the progress of inflation, prevailed. Anil argued that the amount was higher and was collected from September to December.

Normally, adjustments to tariff flags are determined only by the Board of Enel Collectors, in a general meeting, after consultation with the Association.

a Anil even opened a public consultation in July To decide whether the Tier 2 red flag rate will remain at R$9.49 per 100 kWh or increase to R$11.5 per 100 kWh.

Minister of Mines and Energy, Pinto Albuquerque, He denied that the decision on the value of the new flag was an interference by the government in the regulatory body.

As you know before Anna Flor’s blog, Aneel’s technical field defended that the sign should be R$19. Specialists claim that the amount should be higher to cover the water crisis.

“Since we are facing an exceptional problem, CSME Creg recommended the creation of this flag to keep the electrical system in balance,” Pinto stated. “It is all within the scope of their jurisdiction and powers, without any degree of interference,” he added.

Aneel’s general manager said, that the agency’s current methodology for calculating the value of signs is unable to accommodate the water crisis, which is why Craig decided to create a new sign, in order to speed it up.

Brazil suffers from the worst water crisis in the last 91 years. Projections indicate that reservoirs of hydroelectric power stations in the Southeast and Midwest will reach the end of September with a capacity of 15.4%, which is a volume lower than that recorded in the 2001 crisis, when Brazil underwent compulsory energy rationing.

To make matters worse, rain in August was less than expected. According to the National Electrical System (ONS) operator, if there is no additional power supply from September, It will not be possible to fulfill the request in October and NovemberThe country is at risk of accidental power outages.

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tariff system

The tariff flag system was created in 2015 to indicate the cost of power generation and transfer value immediately to the consumer.

The flag is shown in green when the tank level is high and there is no need for additional activation of the thermal power plants. In this case, there is no additional charge for the electricity bill.

With lower reservoirs, the outlook is for higher energy costs as they require activation of more thermal plants. Thus, the flag can change to yellow and red (level 1 or 2), which leads to an additional cost.

Prior to the flag system, the cost of activating thermal plants was transferred late, only in the annual tariff adjustment, which resulted in the imposition of interest, and the penalization of the consumer.