Government should work for capitalization of Eletrobras, says former director of BNDES

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The former privatization director of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) Elena Landau declared, this Thursday (19), in an interview with CNN that the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) should work for the capitalization of Eletrobras.

The Federal Audit Court (TCU) approved, last Wednesday (18), by majority, the continuation of the capitalization process of the state-owned company, in which the Union will no longer control most of the share capital.

“The most important thing that the Bolsonaro government has to do at this moment is to work for the capitalization of Eletrobras and for the annulment of the tortoise. Because if not, privatization will always be marked by this error of interference in the sector’s planning to serve lobbies and very particular interests”, says Landau.

For the economist, it was unnecessary to renew subsidies in the areas of solar and wind energy, or to encourage the Incentive Program for Alternative Sources of Electric Energy (Proinfa), which make tariffs more expensive in the short term.

In the long term, Landau exemplifies with the tortoise of thermoelectric plants. In his opinion, the National Congress ignored the entire planning of the electricity sector, choosing the amount of energy to be auctioned and the location of the thermal plants.

“These thermal plants will come out at a very high price. There was a recent regulatory decree that thermal plants must sell for more than R$ 600 per megawatt hour”.

“In addition to these thermal plants interfering in the planning of the electricity sector, they are located in locations without infrastructure. Which means you will have to spend more money, which again impacts more on tariffs to build the famous gas pipeline, which is the big tortoise in the electricity sector.”

According to the specialist, the construction of gas pipelines in the north and northeast is being estimated at R$ 100 billion.

“If you add the BRL 100 billion from gas pipelines, plus the BRL 52 billion that the energy planning company estimates these tortoises will generate, the tariff impact is immense.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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