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.
The value, however, may be even higher in the coming months. The agency is analyzing a proposal that provides that the fee charged at red flag level 2 can reach up to R$ 11.50. The final decision will be taken by the body’s collegiate board, which still has no forecast to analyze the process.
The tariff flag system was created in 2015 and shows consumers the cost of generating electricity in the country. In practice, the colors and modalities – green, yellow or red – indicate whether or not there will be extra charges on electricity bills.
The green flag, when there is no additional charge, means that the cost to produce energy is low. The activation of the yellow and red flags represents an increase in the cost of generation and the need to activate thermal plants, which is mainly linked to the volume of reservoirs and rainfall.
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