Group linked to the Ministry of Mines and Energy underlines the need for additional resources to guarantee energy supply. Photo credit: André Rodrigues / Arquivo / Gazeta do Povo
The Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), subordinate to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, underlined in an ordinary meeting this Friday (3) the need to contract additional energy production to supply the national system from 2022 According to an informative text disseminated by the MME, “the need to have an amount of additional energy resources to ensure the continuity and security of the electricity supply to Brazilian consumers in the years 2021 and 2022” is highlighted.
The assessment is based on studies presented by the National Electricity System Operator (ONS) and the Energy Research Company (EPE) that address service conditions in the transition from dry to wet in 2021 ( between the end of September and the month of October) and also for the service throughout the year 2022, with extended analyzes until 2025. Also in August, the federal government admitted a worsening of the scenario.
On the basis of the analyzes, the Committee decided to adopt additional measures, including the implementation of a simplified competitive procedure for the contractualization of capacity reserves in the South-East / Midwest and South subsystems (the most affected by the shortage). The idea is that the supply of additional energy should start in 2022 and continue until 2025, under the terms of interim measure 1055, released in June, which addresses the water crisis.
In the note, the Committee underlines “the preventive and anticipated nature of the measure, with the provision of resources at lower cost”, as opposed to the rise in energy prices observed today, due to the need to a significant supply of thermoelectric power stations. Still according to the group, the measure “will help to guarantee the service and the structural elevation of the storage levels of the reservoirs of the hydroelectric power stations, in particular at the end of the dry periods”. Data from this Friday (3) show that the reservation level for hydroelectric plants in the Southeast / Midwest subsystems is at 20.91% of capacity and projections show that it could reach the end of the year in below 10%.
The proposal for additional hires for the coming years has yet to be approved by the Chamber of Exceptional Rules for the Management of Hydropower (CREG), created to manage the segment during the current water crisis.