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The failure of the Brazilian official governance

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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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The failure of the Brazilian official governance

Theoretically, the electricity sector operates with excellent rules.

For everything imaginable, there are plenty of details so that the installation and operation of electrical systems takes place safely and with minimized costs.

Well, in practice, things are quite different. Here is only but an emblematic example.

In the south of São Paulo, the largest city in Latin America, the City Hall planted trees right under the 13 kV lines, on Estrada da Riviera.

The trees have grown and, of course, they touch and/or branches fall into the lines causing interruptions in the power supply of entire neighborhoods.

This happens because there is no preventive pruning to precisely prevent these occurrences. Worse: by official rules you can't/shouldn't plant anything in the "right of way". But... the Municipal Government itself disrespects the "regulatory framework".

Result: the operating cost of the electricity sector is increased, consumers bear for far more hours of unplanned interruptions than the official limits... everyone loses.

It's been like this for years and apparently there won't be any changes.


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