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Brazil: How much does a lack of strategy cost?

How much does a lack of strategy cost?

We have a cultural profile in Brazil that is very different from the developed countries. Both on a national and corporate/institutional scales.

We have no strategy.

The country has no known and publicized plan of where we want to go in the energy sector. We have remained - for many years now - paying for the highest electricity prices (with respect to the BRICS countries), and yet there is no plan to achieve and maintain a better position.

On the other hand, few companies/institutions I have met in my career as an energy consultant, have systematically established an energy strategy, although it usually represents a Top 10 cost, often Top 5.

This is a challenge of our "conscience". As long as we remain "alienated" we will have no way of becoming competitive. We will remain in the laggard squad.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Sep 17, 2019 7:22 pm GMT

I used to be shocked with your news about Brazilian electricity sector.

Kindly, would you give a breif about its construction , generating capacities , T/L systems, customers , per capita consumption. categorized sectoral consumptio and other relevant issues. Also , it will be appreciated directing readers to some information sources . I want to compare it with Saudi and Egyptian Power systems.

Thanks in advance

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Rafael Herzberg on Sep 19, 2019 3:08 pm GMT

Hi Amal,

Here goes a quick overview of the Brazilian power markets and more importantly, a few valauable references which provide official energy related info.

I - Electric power sector

• Power production is 70 GWh/h average
• Maximum hourly demand is 85 GWh/h
• Installed nominal capacity (power plants) is 160 GW
• Power matrix: 70% hydro, 10% wind and the balance thermal and solar
• Power prices (demand charges, energy charges and taxes) in the USD 150/MWh range but depends on each utility company’s rate schedules
• 30% of the power markets are deregulated (basically for roughly 7 000 industrial, commercial and institutional energy users)
• Regulator ANEEL, Independent System Operator ONS, Power ClearingHouse CCEE , Ministry of Energy EPE 

II – Brazil

• Population 210 Million 
• 55 Million cars (flex, ethanol/gasoline) 
• GDP USD 2 trillion (8th world economy)
• Territory of 3,3 Million square miles (5th in the world, after Russia, Canada, China and the USA)

III - Official references

* Regulator (ANEEL)
* Power Clearinghouse (CCEE)
* Independent System Operator (ONS)
* Energy Reserach Institute (EPE)

IV - Remarks

1) The EPE website is available in English, the others are Portuguese only.
2) At the ONS site you will find very valuable info at - make sure to scroll down and see the list of info segregated by type - unfortunatelly only in Portuguese but you might navigate and understand o lot of it because there many graphs and technical terms.

I hope this helps you! 

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Sep 22, 2019 11:18 am GMT

Thanks a lot . As a matter of fact I went through internrt , and I pasted my findings in a post titled " Quick Glance to Brazilian Electricity Sector by an Egyptian Expert's Eyes" . The most interesting is the On Spot Market , which I will read about a lettle  bit more.

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Rafael Herzberg on Sep 19, 2019 3:06 pm GMT

See the info above


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