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10 questions to the Brazilian electricity sector

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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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10 questions to the Brazilian electricity sector
(about the major ongoing for 3 weeks blackout in the state of Amapá)

The Amapá episode allows us to question. This column is open to receive responses from the national system operator (ons), ANEEL (regulator) and the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

1) Why did the company responsible for the substation in Amapá, after a year of letters received from the ons kept only one transformer in operation instead of the three that should be there?

2) Did the ons take any additional measures when verifying - for months on end (the ostensible non-compliance by the responsible company) of its order?

3) Did ANEEL comply with its regulatory obligation to inspect the responsible company?

4) If so, what measures were taken when verifying that the responsible company operated outside the regulation?

5) Will everyone who failed in this episode bear the costs resulting from the blackout of weeks?

6) Will consumers be reimbursed in the ir power bills received from the local concessionaire - as provided for in the regulation - when continuity indicators are out of limits? I am not referring here to the "gift" announced by the Government to be paid with the money of other consumers in the country.

7) Will the responsible company, the ons, aneel and the ministry of mines and energy be held responsible for deviations from their conduct?

8) Do ons, aneel, the ministry of mines and energy judge as proper the attitude of passing on the costs of negligence to all other consumers, which have nothing to do with what happened?

9 ) Why does Brazil respond to situations like the one that occurred in Amapá with many weeks of delay as compared to what is seen in countries that deal with devastating storms on days?

10) Will our leaders in the electricity sector resign in the face of their resounding failure, or will they remain in their positions supported by their colleagues in the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative?


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