Bento Albuquerque rules out risk of blackout or energy rationing – Prime Time Zone

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Although he minimized the possibility, the Minister of Mines and Energy spoke about the adoption of ‘exceptional measures’

Agency BrazilAt a hearing in the Chamber of Deputies, the minister stated that the inflows in 2021 are below the historical average in all subsystems

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, warned on Tuesday, 11, that “exceptional measures” will be necessary because of the lack of rain and the low level of the reservoirs. In hearing at Chamber of Deputies, he affirmed that the inflows in 2021 are below the historical average in all subsystems and recalled that the dry period of the year has already started and said that there is no forecast of significant volumes of rain. The minister guarantees that the country is not at risk of rationing or lack of energy, but speaks of the adoption of “exceptional measures” in the face of the crisis. “We are in a position to guarantee the country’s energy security for 2021. But I can already say: it will require exceptional measures and will also require a lot of attention from all public agents.

On Monday, the president Jair Bolsonaro I had already said that Brazil is going to have a new “serious problem” ahead, with the biggest hydrological crisis in history. Regarding the privatization of Eletrobras, Minister Bento Albuquerque assured the deputies that the change will not cause an increase in electricity bills. “The premise for the Ministry of Mines and Energy more important for this capitalization process is that there is no tariff increase due to this process. In other words, it is in a transparent and judicious way that we conduct this process ”, he said. O National Congress need to analyze by June 22 the provisional measure for the privatization of Eletrobras. The text’s rapporteur, Mr Elmar Nascimento, should present his opinion in the next few days.

* With information from the reporter Vitor Brown