Industry presents voluntary energy consumption reduction target in September – Prime Time Zone

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Abrace estimates that around 1,100 large consumers will be able to participate in the 237 average megawatt-hour savings program

Licia Rubinstein/IBGE News AgencyONS started an incentive program to reduce or shift consumption during times of greatest demand in Brazil

The industry promises to save 237 average megawatts per hour of energy during peak periods in September. O National Electric System Operator (ONS) started its incentive program to reduce or shift consumption during times of greatest demand in Brazil. The technical director of the Association of Large Industrial Consumers of Energy and Free Consumers (hug), Fillipe Soares, points out that the worst scenario is rationing and blackouts, due to the consumption overload. “It is important, simple and attractive to be a volunteer because each industry will know how to price its offer, not necessarily causing shortages, but pricing flexibilities that, without adequate financial stimulus, would not be offered. For the system operator this is very important in order to use these flexibilities in place of more expensive features. It is a tripod where everyone has a positive result. The industry that has the flexibility, the system operator and society in general will use the cheapest resource”, he explains. Abrace brings together more than 50 business groups responsible for almost 40% of industrial consumption of electricity in Brazil and 42% of natural gas, an amount greater than Chile, Colombia or Peru. The entity estimates that around 1,100 large consumers will be able to participate in the program.

*With information from reporter Marcelo Mattos