Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque. Photo: Tripe / MME
Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque made a statement on the National Radio and Television Network this Tuesday evening (31) and used a tone of greater concern when commenting on the water crisis, in addition to calling for a reduction in energy consumption. . In his speech, Albuquerque admitted that “the hydro-energy situation has deteriorated”, corroborating data already known by the National Electricity System Operator (ONS) which, last week, showed a worsening of the Brazilian scenario, resulting in loss of production.
The minister stressed that the federal government has taken extraordinary measures to ensure that this supply is compensated, but that “since all the cheaper resources were already being used, this additional electricity, coming from thermoelectric production and energy imports, will cost more “. . Despite addressing the rising costs, the minister did not talk about the creation of the new tariff flag to cover the increase and began to call for an “irresistible effort to reduce consumption” for increase the country’s energy security and avoid the risk of power outages. rush hour.
Albuquerque cited, without detailing, the demand reduction program for industry and the executive order that provides for mandatory rationing in the public service. He also clarified that “consumers who adhere to this call and save energy will be rewarded and will be able to benefit from a reduction in their electricity bill”, referring to the program aimed at small consumers published on Tuesday, but did not has not explained the rules of the measure, which will run from September to December.
According to Bento Albuquerque, the situation is difficult, but “it will be all the more favorable as the mobilization of the company will be rapid, intense and global to face it” and he also recalled that it will take time for the recovery of reservoirs, also requiring a conscientious use of water. The ONS expects that the reserve in the main basins of the system could reach the end of the year with only 8% of capacity.