With the worsening of the shortage in the main reservoirs in the country, the government intends to make a simplified contracting of energy and capacity reserve to face the crisis. The measure is seen as necessary to guarantee the supply of electricity to Brazilian consumers. To guarantee the construction of the new plants, President Jair Bolsonaro’s team also signaled its intention to facilitate the environmental licensing processes for the projects.
The recommendation of the Electric Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE) made at a meeting this Friday, 3, provides for the contracting of enterprises in the Southeast/Midwest and South subsystems, which should start operating in 2022 until 2025. The regions are the hardest hit by the drought at the moment. The forecast is that the reservoirs in the Southeast/Midwest and South will register only 15.2% and 22.6%, respectively, of their storage capacities at the end of September.