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Brazil: Challenges for 2019 and beyond

Brazil: Challenges for 2019 and beyond
Rafael Herzberg, consultant/energy affairs

Beautiful country, attractive women, great food, mild temperatures through the year, what else could one wish but mama’s delicious apfelstrudel?

It is not that simple! When it comes to the energy markets and more specifically the power markets, Brazil is among the laggards. And by far:

• Demand response is only but an idea, no actual programs in place
• The Brazilian power clearinghouse does not settle as it should (USD Billions are owed)
• Solar energy is being stimulated (and subsidized) but no actions are taken to mitigate the “duck curve”
• There is no “flight plan” for the power sector. It is about deciding on a daily basis as opposed to a strategic, long term plan for a capital intensive sector
• Power prices in Brazil is higher than the BRICS competition (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)

The proposed insight is about the need to become aware of this challenging situation. What needs to happen to turnaround this situation? What should be the key drivers?

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Matt Chester on January 10, 2019

Rafael-- I'm curious what your take is on Brazil's environment minister recently saying they owe nothing in the climate change fight:

"Brazil is not a debtor. We’re creditors," he told Bloomberg News at his office in Brasilia referring to the country’s relatively clean energy matrix, reduction of deforestation and reforestation efforts in recent years. "Our part needs to be remunerated, and regarding what we’ve done so far, the question is by how much, when and how?"

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Rafael Herzberg on January 10, 2019

It is only about how you look at it. Most of our power generation comes out of hydro (more than 70%) that's why the minister told this. Brazil is among the cleanest nations but this is chaninging given the "new" priorities (since a few years ago. 

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