On the verge of blackout, companies profit from increased

With the drop in the capacity of the reservoirs, and the drought in southeastern Brazil, the federal government increased the tariff flags on electricity and asked the population to save electricity.

However, despite the lack of help from “São Pedro”, the deregulation of the sector, the lack of planning and the private sector’s interests only in profits would be the real causes of the crisis.

On Wednesday (8), at a hearing in the Chamber of Deputies, the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) announced that the capacity of the reservoirs of hydroelectric plants should be below 19%. Only in the 2014 water crisis was this level registered.

Although the Bolsonaro government insists that the problem is lack of rain, former director president of the National Water Agency (ANA) Vicente Andreu rejects the argument. “You can’t put it on the São Pedro account at all,” he said, in an interview for the Bem Viver program on the Radio Brazil in fact.

He warns that the crisis is “the result of a recurring operation, which takes place every year, in the electricity sector, which was aggravated by the Bolsonaro government. Its purpose is to empty the reservoirs in the rainy season for when the dry season arrives, with little water, the price of the fare will explode.”

Even if the justification was the lack of rain, Alexandre Húngaro, a worker in the environmental sector at Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) and a specialist in the field of energy, says that “we should be on rationing at least since May.”

Hungarian, who is also president of the Central of Workers and Workers of Brazil of Paraná (CTB-Paraná), warns that the Brazilian electric system has been operating at the limit.

“It’s a scenario that we could have a year or two with rationing, or the government will have to pay companies not to operate, to reduce the load. Imagine the financial cost of this policy, every day that the government does not intervene to implement one rationing that should have already started in May, increases the possibility that this will happen, and they still talk about the privatization of Eletrobrás.”

Source: BoF Paraná

Edition: Frédi Vasconcelos and Lia Bianchini

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