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Energy costs, tariffs and prices in Brazil

image credit: 1 USD - R$ 4 in round numbers

Analyzing energy costs, prices and tariffs has become a complex exercise given the amount of variables at stake and the characteristics of each of them involving technical, financial and management aspects.

In this "environment", making decisions about contracting energy, whether electrical or from other sources (solar, gas, wind, biomass, biodiesel, etc.) is essentially about identifying and mitigating an extensive list of risks.

The graph shows the evolution of a set of references:

  • The price offered by the free market for long-term (LTP) 
  • Marginal cost of expansion of renewable plants (MCE, r) 
  • Marginal cost of expansion of the energy matrix (ECM) 
  • Marginal operating cost of the national system (ONS) 

How to interpret the movements per each reference?
Which contracting alternatives are best suited for each case?
How to best contract each alternative?

If you wish to explore these issues, contact us to potentially discover solutions that present a virtuous combination of competitive costs and sound risk management.

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Thank Rafael for the Post!

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Dr. Amal Khashab's picture
Dr. Amal Khashab on Jun 19, 2019 11:40 am GMT

Sorry my dear . There is inconsistence ! graph says (MCO) , but text says (ECM) and (ONS) . Is this made in purpose? If not , would you differentiat a litle bit. Thanks in Advance. Dr.Amal Khashab

Rafael Herzberg's picture
Rafael Herzberg on Jun 19, 2019 2:18 pm GMT

Hi Amal, it happens that the marginal cost of operations is published by ONS the Brazilian independent system operator - that's why I indicated this way. Anyway I hope to have clarified. Please feel free to "speak out" if there are doubts!

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Jun 23, 2019 7:38 pm GMT

Thanks a lot.

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