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Brazil’s Committee for Energy Monitoring (CMSE) released a statement earlier Thursday, in which it admits to a “very low” possibility of the problems in Brazil’s energy distribution system.
The country faced a massive blackout on February 4 that affected three regions, striking 13 states and the capital city Brasilia and affecting some 6 million people. Some other minor blackouts have affected Espirito Santo state over the past few days.
Brazil’s power regulator Aneel said earlier this week that certain regions may need to reduce power consumption by as much as 5 per cent.
Some 70 percent of Brazil’s energy comes from hydroelectric power plants, leaving the country vulnerable to dry seasons and depleted reservoirs.
But the CMSE stressed that, unless several other dry seasons are as bad as the current one, there will be no problems in the country’s energy supply.
Given Brazil’s energy production capacity, the CMSE said, the country’s production and distribution system is “balanced” and can feed the anticipated power demand this year.
Several regions in Brazil are currently facing a shortage of rain – in Rio, for example, it has not rained in four weeks – which leads to the lower water level in several dams.
Besides affecting the energy distribution, a long dry spell could endanger the water supply as well.
However, to add to the inflation woes of the Dilma Rousseff administration, electricity regulator ANEEL on Tuesday proposed a 4.6 per cent increase in rates paid by consumers to help cover power subsidies.
In 2013, Rousseff made a deal with power utilities to slash electricity prices.