Science committee in Brazil nods to distributed generation bill
Solar rooftop. Author: Michael Coghlan. License: Creative Commons.
Brazil's Senate Committee for Science and Technology (CCT) approved on Tuesday a bill project that requires electric utilities to invest in micro distributed generation (DG) projects.
The 204/2014 bill establishes that most of the DG projects, which are usually solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays, should target consumers from Brazil's Social Tariff Electricity (TSEE) programme. The scheme benefits families with a monthly income of less than or equal to half the national minimum wage.
The new paper comes as an upgrade to the 9,991 law, which made mandatory for the Brazilian electricity sector concessionaires to invest in research and development (R&D) programmes focused on energy efficiency.
The new DG measure is in line with the country's goal of reaching a 45% percentage of renewable sources in its total energy mix by 2030. Now the bill project needs to go through the Economic Affairs Committee (CAE).