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Brazilian electric power challenges

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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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Brazilian electric power challenges 

On the National System Operator's website, the position of the hydro reservoirs, from 2002 to 2021 shows two characteristics inherent to water storage: its seasonality and its annual average.

Two very different situations for the Southeast/Midwest region. From 2002 to 2011 can be seen: the average of the annual level was around twice the of the values from 2011 to 2021.

It means that we would need to recognize that the level of our reservoirs is far below the desired level.

The good news is that it would make perfect sense for us to increase our reservoirs, as hydroelectric energy:

* It is the low emission champion
* It is the most competitive of our matrix
* Adding reservoir capacity is cheaper than building new plants
* Brazil is a player in reservoirs

Obs 1 Hydro accounts for 70% of the country's power matrix
Obs 2 The Southeast/Midwest is where the most important reservoirs are located

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