Brazilian Government Seeking Out Thermoelectric Plants to Avoid Energy Rationinng

Reservoirs are at historically low levels, and ministry evaluates framework not to repeat 2001 collapse

Brasília and Rio de Janeiro

A decree that will allow the contracting of thermal plants that operate only in the short-term market, will be published in the coming days.

The attempt to integrate more suppliers into the electricity system aims to avoid energy rationing in the face of drought in hydroelectric reservoirs.

Under the new rule, the government can better fund these thermal plants, activated whenever the National Electricity System Operator deems it necessary, without authorization.

Reservoirs are at historically low levels, but the Ministry of Mines and Energy dispels the specter of the 2001 blackout.

The Monitoring Committee of the Electric Sector also proposed to relax the requirement that large plants respect minimum flow limits, allowing them to retain a little more water.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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