ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency) preliminarily approved an increase of 83% for the red flag tariff, which is only £ 3 per 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumed to R $ 5.50 for the same amount used.
So-called “tariff flags” make possible the monthly adjustment of the price of electricity as lifting sector spending.
The purpose of the agency is that the new formula start into effect on March 1.
Before that, however, the process will undergo a period of public hearings between 9 and 20 February for “enhancements”.
The default values can be changed, but hardly diminished, since the costs that will be considered by the tariff flags will be not only the extraordinary with the use of thermal power plants, as currently, but all additional expenses of the distributors in a given month, as extra purchasing power, called involuntary exposure.
For the yellow flag tariff, the increase is approved initially 66.7%, from R $ 1.50 per 100 kWh consumed for £ 2.50.
The green strip follows the same system design is not in effect and bring no increase to consumers.
The director general of the agency, Romeo Rufino, said that, despite being in force only for two months, the standard had to be changed because it was thought, discussed and regulated in 2013.
“I should have come in 2014, but the date was postponed to 2015 and experience in managing these costs leads to this improvement flag” he said.
“Were it not for this increase, the extraordinary review would have to incorporate some of these costs and the annual review also,” he added.
In other words, the increases to come this year will be lower because of the spending will be considered by the brands.
Still, the average extraordinary adjustment to the South, Southeast and Midwest is already estimated at 26%.
“It is not the creation of a new cost, [the increase] reflects the rise in prices more appropriately,” added Rufino.
On Thursday, Eduardo Braga, Minister of Mines and Energy, had guaranteed that the increase would not exceed 50%.
In the first two months of this year the tariff applied flag was red, more expensive.
In 2014, the red flag was also applied in almost every month in all regions of the country, except in January when it was yellow for all regions. In July, the flag was also yellow, but only for the South.
The maximum profit in the year by the current model of tariff flags would be $ 10.6 billion (keeping the red light throughout the year). With the proposed change by Aneel, the revenues could reach $ 17 billion in twelve months.
“Let’s good news when it arises. We have no pleasure in giving bad news. Aneel the Regulation applies,” Rufino said.