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Brazil: how to face the challenge: capacity x energy?

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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Brazil: how to face the challenge: capacity x energy?

Let's say the country is essentially supplied with solar energy. During the hours of sunshine the demand would be met. And at night? Of course, other power plants would have to be dispatched. So it is easy to accept that the market needs to have a diversified offer and make the associated investments.. 

Still following the example above, it is as if, in addition to the solar source, the hydroelectric source was also dispatched. For the same total market demand.

Returning to the question that gives title to this post. Capacity is needed to serve the market. Energy is the delivery of this capacity.

Consumers should be able to choose the "mix" of sources when contracting, paying for capacity and energy. Then they would seek to minimize their costs considering the risks involved.

Or else we will remain as we are today: on the edge of the emerging market.

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