Senior decision-makers come together to connect around strategies and business trends affecting utilities.


Lessons from the strike in France

Rafael Herzberg's picture
Consultant energy affairs, Self employed

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,...

  • Member since 2003
  • 2,328 items added with 1,350,139 views
  • Mar 29, 2023

Lessons from the strike in France

The French took to the streets to protest against the government's proposed increase of 2 years in the minimum retirement age.

Of course, most want the ongoing age to be maintained.

The challenge is : the life expectancy has systematically increased in that country and the national budget needs to cover this "additional cost".

There is no magic. 

But our preference is to look at the comfortable side that interests us.

This analysis is carried out by looking at what happens in the ongoing budgetary "gymnastics" in Brazil. Rules are changed, new criteria are established, but there is no real concern with the long-term economic-financial systemic balance of the country.

In Brazil there is not this type of strike that is observed in France. In its place, the "challenge" is pushed with the belly (as the popular wisdom tells us), which will explode later on. Meanwhile everyone will pay with persistent inflation. A tax that is levied without ceremony.

In the Brazilian electric power sector all costs - legitimate or not - are transferred to energy users. No matter what! That's why Brazil even though having a super clean and cost effective power matrix (basically hydro, wind and solar) is in the last position regarding USD/MWh ranking among thew BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  


No discussions yet. Start a discussion below.

Rafael Herzberg's picture
Thank Rafael for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network® is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »