To prevent blackouts, Brazil will have to ration energy, according to congressional leader Arthur Lira (PP-AL). He attributed the diagnosis to the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, with whom he met last week.
"We will have to have an educational period of some rationing in order to not have any kind of major crisis," said the deputy.
He later lowered his tone and claimed he was "encouraging the efficient use of energy" on a voluntary basis.
According to Lira, the government can protect itself from Supreme Court lawsuits against rationing.
The target would be the provisional measure that would make it feasible, by giving an inter-ministerial committee the power to intervene in the management of energy plants.
The federal reduction once again denied the possibility of imminent rationing and has sought measures to avoid it, before the worst drought in 91 years, which has lowered hydroelectric reservoirs, and leaves vulnerabilities in transmission systems.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon