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Energy: how much is the Brazilian future worth?

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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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Energy: how much is the Brazilian future worth?

The answer is simple and easy!

Much less than in those countries that are way ahead of us in the price ranking in $/kWh.
But... why?

We have a conflicting attitude towards facing challenges. And worst of all, systemically recurring. We prefer to transfer as much as possible to the future rather than finding solutions in the present.

Some high value examples:

* Loans to utilities to pay the cost of the water crisis that is not (yet) being paid (in full) by consumers

* Privatization of Eletrobrás including a list of "tortoises" (a term coined by industry technicians to identify absurd projects that interest selected groups)

* Subsidies that encourage certain solutions that end up being paid by "all other consumers"

What''s really valuable in our country is the present. "Resolve" the "now" situation. The future is not a topic that is actually contemplated (of course in the official speeches, yes!).

Meanwhile, Brazil goes downhill, year by year!

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Dec 17, 2021

Hi Rafael

Absolutely right .What it's really valuable is the present . Prefer to transfer as much as possible to the future rather than finding solutions in the present is the escape forward . Resolving the current situation is more effective because the future is fuzzy and full of many scenarios. Some of these are immature, while others are not cost effective yet.

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Rafael Herzberg on Dec 18, 2021

Hi  Amal! Thanks!

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Thank Rafael for the Post!
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