December 2, 2021

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The Ministry says it is useless

The Ministry says it is useless

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) reported this Friday, 22nd that the new studies on DST, which were requested from the operator of the National Electrical System (ONS) did not identify significant energy savings, and therefore, it does not understand that there is a benefit in its application. The new assessment was requested on the adoption of daylight saving time, which expired in 2019, due to the current situation of hydropower and the moment of water crisis that the country is going through.

And the National Bureau of Statistics concluded, according to a statement by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, “the noticeable decrease in peak hours of consumption, that is, from 6 pm to 9 pm, is offset by an increase in demand at other times of the day, especially in the early morning.” In a note issued on Friday. In addition, according to surveys conducted by the operator, “there will be no impact on the energy service, since daylight saving time does not affect consumption in the afternoon, when the greatest demand of the day is observed.”

The Ministry’s assessment is that the implementation of DST does not result in a reduction in consumption or maximum demand for electricity or in mitigating the risks of energy shortages.

“Thus, given the evidence-supported technical analyzes, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment recognizes that there is no benefit in implementing DST and that the measures taken by the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE) and the Hydropower Management Exceptional Rules Chamber (CREG) have shown to be sufficient to ensure the provision of electricity The Interconnected National System (SIN) in the transition from a dry period to a wet period”.

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The Minister of Mines and Energy, Pinto Albuquerque, had already indicated at the end of September that the trend was for the government not to resume daylight saving time in the coming years. At the time, he said, the energy consumption habits of Brazil and the world had changed and there was no need for DST from an energy-saving point of view.