The power cut due to default for low-income consumers is suspended until September 30th. The decision is in force by determination of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), with the power to extend or not the suspension.
Who can’t have the light cut off?
According to Aneel, 12 million families are being benefited. The measure applies to those who are enrolled in the Cadastro Único, with monthly income less than or equal to half the minimum wage per person, who are covered by the decision.
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Families with illnesses who need an electrical appliance for treatment, with income of up to three minimum wages, are also entitled to the benefit, as are families with members who receive the Continuous Cash Benefit (BPC).
The current guarantee of a ban on power cuts was given in June this year, the second being decided by the agency. The first extension was granted last March.
It is noteworthy that the measure does not exempt consumers from paying for the electricity service, it only aims to ensure continuity of supply for those who, due to the new coronavirus pandemic (covid-19), are unable to pay the your account
Faced with the covid-19 pandemic that aggravated several inequalities in the country, this September, the federal government created a new tariff flag that provides for an extra fee of R$ 14.20 for an expensive 100 kWh consumed. The value is 49.6% higher than the level 2 red flag (R$ 9,492) and will start to be charged this Wednesday (1st), being valid until April of next year.
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The measure was announced on Tuesday (31) by Aneel, which named the new rate the “water scarcity” banner. The initiative will cause an average increase of 6.78% in energy bills.
The decision comes in the context of the biggest water crisis in the last 91 years in the country, which reduced the production of energy in hydroelectric plants, responsible for about 90% of the country’s generation.
Edition: Daniel Lamir