Energy - Relevant News - October 2013

Author:Mr Pedro G. Seraphim and Heloisa Ferreira Andrade Scaramucci
Profession:TozziniFreire Advogados

The Federal Government approved the energy expansion plan for the next 10 years - PDE 202 ("Plano Decenal de Expansão de Energia"), whichis the government plan for the expansion of the energy system in the next 10 years. The PDE was developed by Empresa de Pesquisa Energética - EPE (a governmental entity for energy researches).

Relevant News

Launch of a Power Innovation Plan

The Brazilian Development Bank - BNDES (Banco Econômico de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social) and FINEP (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos, a governmental fund for project finance) executed a cooperation agreement to launch a plan for innovation on the energy sector called Plano de Ação Conjunta Inova Energia. Three billion Reais shall be invested in the development of innovation projects. The areas that may apply for such plan are smart grids, power transmission on long-distance and high voltage, alternative sources power generation and hybrid vehicle and vehicle energy efficiency.

Service Quality Ranking for Power Distributors

ANEEL disclosed the raking of the quality of the services provided by distributors in 2012. The ranking is based on the comparison between the DEC and FEC amounts. DEC (Duração Equivalente de Interrupção por Unidadade Consumidora) indicates the number of hours that, on average, a consumer is not supplied by power during a period, generally a month or the year. FEC amount (Frequência Equivalente de Interrupção por Consumidora) indicates the average frequency on which a consumer unit has not been supplied by power. Click here to see the ranking.

Relevant Decisions

ANEEL Decides to Maintain Registered Monthly Allocation

ANEEL's Executive Committee decided, on 03/26/2013, to maintain the monthly allocation of the physical guarantees registered by generators for January and February, 2013. As a result of such decision, the spot market liquidation procedures referring to such months, which were suspended by ANEEL, shall be resumed. The suspension had been requested by companies that were exposed to atypical market conditions created by a regulatory gap. According to ANEEL's decision, its technical area shall, in the next 60 days, analyze whether any improvements of the liquidation rules are necessary. Any changes shall be applicable in 2014.

ANEEL Approves Changes to ONS

ANEEL's Executive Committee approved changes to the Accounting Manual of Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico - ONS (Brazilian electric system operation). By virtue of such...

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