Brazil seeks expansion of underground power network

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Brazilian power regulator Aneel has launched a public consultation to obtain views on an expansion of the country's underground distribution network.

The announcement comes as the government considers a new regulatory framework to help address the issue of dwindling investment in the segment, according to an Aneel statement.

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"A consultation is required due to the [need] for investments to convert existing overhead lines into underground networks," the watchdog said. "Investment in underground systems is [currently] limited to selected distributors. There is therefore a mismatch between the objectives of society and the power distribution sector."

Aneel said contributions could be made until January 19.

"We hope to hear from the community and stakeholders, identifying the reasons for diminished investments in underground networks and if there are any disincentives that need to be addressed," the regulator added.

More information, in Portuguese, can be seen here.

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