More expensive electricity bill: Aneel keeps red flag 2 in August

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The National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) announced this Friday, 30, that the electricity bills will continue with the red flag on their second plateau in August. The decision means that consumers will continue to pay a additional fee of R$ 9.49 per 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in electricity bills. The level is the most expensive in the tariff flag system.

According to the regulatory agency, inflows, that is, the amount of water that arrives in the main hydrographic basins of the electrical system in July, “remain among the most critical” of the historical series. The prospects are for the situation to be similar in August.

“August begins with the same hydrological perspective, with the main SIN reservoirs at considerably low levels for this time of year. This situation signals a horizon with reduced hydroelectric production capacity and the need for maximum activation of thermoelectric resources”, says the note.

It is the third consecutive month that Red Flag 2 has been triggered due to the increase in energy generation costs. Given the low levels of hydroelectric reservoirs, the government authorized greater use of thermoelectric plants to guarantee supply in the country. The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) estimates that the use of these plants should cost R$ 13.1 billion by November.

The situation led the agency to readjust the amount of the additional fee paid by consumers via electricity bills. On June 29, Aneel’s board approved a 52% increase in the red flag 2 rate – which went from R$ 6.24 to R$ 9.49 per 100 kWh.