Brazil launches public call on review of DG guidelines

Rooftop solar panels. Photo by: EBRD (www.ebrd.com).

January 23 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian power sector watchdog Aneel approved on Tuesday the opening of a public hearing to aid the review of some proposed changes in the country's distributed generation (DG) guidelines.

The public hearing will run from January 24 till April 19 and its purpose is to analyse different alternatives for the Electric Energy Compensation System. Under the current norms, established by the Normative Resolution 482/2012, the surplus generated by a DG system can be injected back into the grid and used to reduce the value of the electric bill.

However, studies indicate that keeping the current rules indefinitely can lead to high costs for other users who did not install their own generation.

In all, Aneel is looking for a way to compensate DG producers that allows the sustainable growth of distributed generation in Brazil.

One of the proposed changes envisages maintaining the current compensation rules until the DG systems reaches a certain level, regardless of whether the systems are locally based or when compensation occurs at a different location from where the power is generated.

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