Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque | Photo: Alan Santos / RP
Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque has denied that Brazil is going through an energy crisis. In an interview with Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Albuquerque said that in his opinion, the “energy crisis never happened”. According to the minister, the series of measures adopted by the government, such as the activation of thermoelectric power stations to supplement the energy produced by the hydropower stations, it was the effect of a simple “period of water scarcity”.
In the interview, the minister said that the water situation improved in December 2021, but that it is still too early to predict how 2022 will be. Therefore, measures to encourage the reduction of consumption energy in the country will be maintained, such as the Demand Response Program, which offers bonuses to companies that consume less energy. “Our forecasts are very strong every two weeks. On a monthly basis, it loses some reliability. We have to wait, ”Albuquerque said.
For the minister, from 2026, the country will perhaps no longer be held hostage to the water situation. This will be possible, according to Albuquerque, through the expansion of the energy matrix, with the entry of new energy sources and also through the commissioning of new gas plants, which should lower the cost of the energy produced by thermoelectric power stations. “As part of our planning, from 2026, we will go through all the water crises with more governance and without any problems,” said the minister.