December 3, 2022

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The water crisis: the committee sees an improvement in the reservoirs and sets the rules for contracting the thermal plants |  water crisis

The water crisis: the committee sees an improvement in the reservoirs and sets the rules for contracting the thermal plants | water crisis

The Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee decided, in a meeting on Wednesday (12), to maintain the exceptional measures that have been adopted since 2021 to limit the effects of the water crisis.

As the level of reservoirs has recovered in recent weeks, authorities have decided to limit contract terms for thermal power plants – which are more expensive and polluting than hydroelectric plants.

From now on, only plants with a variable cost of R$1,000/MWh can be activated. The ceiling can be extended up to R$1,500/MWh in case of need, such as “forced outages of equipment”.

Variable cost is the price required to cover all costs of operating a thermal plant. Since the energy generated from thermoelectric plants is more expensive, the activation of this method increases the cost of electricity bills for consumers across the country.

Watch the video below for more information about the rain that has improved the condition of the reservoirs in recent weeks:

Rain helps raise tanks, but it doesn’t make the electricity bill cheaper

CMSE has also decided to retain The rule set in December sets a cap of 15,000 MW average for thermal power generation, including potential energy imports from Uruguay and Argentina.

The goal, as stated in the CMSE note, is to prioritize energy optimization at lower total operating costs. Also, according to the committee, the procedure could be reviewed at subsequent follow-up meetings, “provided it is duly justified”.

locker optimization

Despite the improvement, the Central Council of Oceanography (CMSE) decided to maintain the extraordinary measures in light of “material uncertainties associated with the evolution of the rainy season in 2022”.

According to the commission, the country’s main subsystem is expected to reach a higher level in June than last year.

“The Southeast/Midwest subsystem storage, in June 2022, will be approximately 47.1%, or 18 percentage points above the level verified on June 30, 2021, considering the recurrence of the critical rainfall scenario verified in the rainy season. for 2020/202.”, the note says.

At the height of the energy crisis, the operator of the National Electrical System (ONS) predicted that hydroelectric reservoirs in the Southeast and Midwest would reach 10% of average storage in November. Today, it’s 33.56% of capacity, according to ONS data.