The Brazilian’s energy bill will become more expensive as of September, with the creation of a new tariff flag that foresees an extra fee of R$ 14.20 for an expensive 100 kWh consumed. The value is 49.6% higher than the level 2 red flag (R$ 9,492) and will start to be charged this Wednesday (1st), being valid until April of next year.
The measure was announced on Tuesday (31) by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), which named the new rate the “water scarcity” banner. The initiative will cause an average increase of 6.78% in energy bills.
The decision comes in the context of the biggest water crisis in the last 91 years in the country, which reduced the production of energy in hydroelectric plants, responsible for about 90% of the country’s generation.
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When officially communicating the change, Aneel mentioned the existence of a collection deficit in excess of R$ 5 billion and highlighted the high costs for the production of energy, especially from thermoelectric plants. The activation of this type of plant came in recent months, in the context of the crisis, which precedes the period of lower rainfall in the country.
Not directly linked to the energy tariff, the tariff flags are applied in the country and added to monthly bills according to the energy generation conditions in the electricity sector at any given time.
Under more advantageous production conditions, Aneel uses the so-called “green flag”, which does not impose any additions. In a scenario where there is alert and concern about the issue, the “yellow flag” is applied, while Aneel is based on red flags 1 and 2 when the energy generation context is more critical.
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Edition: Vinícius Segalla