BRASILIA – Preliminary calculations by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) predict that electricity bills could rise, on average, 16.68% next year, mainly due to the water crisis, which is affecting the country’s major hydropower plants.
To prevent bills from rising, the regulatory agency is already analyzing measures to mitigate the effects on consumers and keep adjustments below double digits.
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The data was presented by the regulatory agency’s director of tariffs, Davey Antonis Lima, on Monday at a public hearing at the chamber’s participatory legislation committee.
To save money, only turn the device on when you go to sleep and turn it off when you wake up. One option is to use the sleep function that is available on some models. Another precaution is to keep the air conditioning at the proper temperature. Experts recommend 23 ° C. It is not necessary to set the temperature too low, so as not to waste a lot of energy. Photo: Pixabay
In a family of four, electric shower use accounts for about 25% of the electric bill. To save money, avoid showering for too long and prefer to use the shower in summer mode, which saves up to 30% energy Photo: Pixabay
When the door is open for a long time, the motor will run longer, using more power. It is also important to keep the rubber seal on the refrigerator door in good condition. When traveling, one option is to empty and unplug the refrigerator. Photo: Pixabay
Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs can reduce energy consumption by 75% to 85%. Also, these lamps last longer. Compared with fluorescent lamps, the savings are about 40%. Photo: Pixabay
It is preferable to wash a lot of clothes to save water and energy. Avoid using a lot of soap, so you don’t have to rinse it twice. When ironing, the best option is to bundle the clothes and iron a large amount at once. Unplug the iron when the service is interrupted. Use the indicated temperature for each type of fabric and start with the lightest clothing. Photo: Pixabay
Using the ceiling fan for 8 hours a day generates a cost of only R$18 per month. However, it is important to avoid leaving the appliance turned on when no one is in the room. When buying, remember that the larger the diameter of the fans, the higher the power consumption. Photo: Pixabay
In the case of electronics, it is recommended to turn off the TV and video games when no one is using them. Separating the devices also helps to save energy. Photo: Archive
Lima estimates, however, that new measures designed by Aneel, such as anticipating funds arising from the privatization of Eletrobras, will be able to raise R$8.5 billion and reduce the tariff adjustment imposed on consumers.
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– With these additional measures, instead of a forecast of 16.68% for 2022, we still have a forecast of a 10.73% adjustment, but we are still studying alternatives – the director said.
Power tariffs are adjusted on a case-by-case basis and vary for each power distributor.
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Aneel’s supervisor says several factors justify the tariff increase. Because of the water crisis, more energy was generated through more expensive thermal power plants.
Part of this account is covered by tariffs, but the rest will not be transferred to tariffs in 2022, with interest.
eVTOL will require much simpler infrastructure than that required for aircraft at airports. Take-off is vertical, like helicopters and drones, with long runways dispensed. With the advantage that the electric motor is much quieter than helicopters, which will gain a strong competitor Image: Divulgação / Reproduction
Flight simulation of an eVTOL model by German company Lilium, which Azul wants to bring to Brazil from 2025 for short routes, such as Rio-Búzios or São Paulo-Guarujá Image: Reproduction/Disclosure
Azul has partnered with Germany’s Lilium to bring 220 flying cars into the country from 2025. Electric models have a range of 200 km between one recharge and the last Photo: Disclosure
German startup Lilium is developing the electric car Azul wants to bring to the country: the manufacturer has one of about 140 such projects under development in the world Photo: clone / publicity
Azul believes this type of electric aircraft will have a lower cost for passengers, expanding access to short flights for those who can’t afford a helicopter flight today. Photo: Disclosure
The interior of the Lilium looks comfortable and resembles a mixture of an airplane and a car: it can accommodate six passengers and one pilot. There is also a luggage compartment on board. Photo: clone / publicity
Azul is betting on this type of flying vehicle to open a new niche in the market. The challenge will be to certify the new model and ensure the safety of passengers. Photo: Disclosure
A simulation of boarding the Lilium, an electric flying vehicle that seats six passengers and one pilot. Takeoff is vertical, like a helicopter. Azul wants to operate it in Brazil from 2025 for short trips, such as between São Paulo and Guaruja or Rio and Paraty. Photo: Reproduction / Disclosure
The flying car Lilium has a range of 200 km, which is the longest among competitors. It would be ideal to replace short trips with a car. The carioca can reach Búzios in a matter of minutes, for example, for a weekend getaway at the spa. It’s not a bad idea to fly over traffic jams while the drivers at the bottom struggle. Photo: Disclosure / Reproduction
Lilium’s eVTOL aircraft is still in the testing phase, and it faces a challenge ahead: obtaining certification to be able to fly commercially. That’s why an alliance with an airline like Azul now makes sense: the experience of those who already know how to certify planes can help counter regulation in an entirely new mode of transportation. Photo: Divulgação / Reprodução
Red Flag 2 is in effect today, an additional RRL 9.49 for every 100 kWh consumed. Even if it is high, it is not enough to cover thermoelectric generation.
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According to Aneel, the measures set up by the government’s crisis committee – called the Hydropower Management Exceptional Rules Chamber (CREG) – will have an impact of between R$2.4 billion and R$4.3 billion.
Among the measures, for example, is to reduce the use of water for navigation, while compensating those affected.
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In addition, the rising dollar affects the accounts because the cost of Itaipu is charged in US currency.
Aneel’s supervisor said the agency is analyzing measures to prevent the account from going salty.
– He said that Aneel’s goal this year is to seek to adjust the tariff by less than two digits.
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