Brazil watch: CEEE opens solar recharge station; Cepisa, Cemar lift rates

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brazilian utility CEEE opened a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

The station, which has an average generation capacity of 720kW, is linked to CEEE's distribution network, the state-run company said in a statement.

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"It's a vision for the future," CEEE planning chief Luiz Antônio Tirello said, adding the company was investing in other renewable energy initiatives.

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Brazilian power regulator Aneel approved a 26% average rate rise for utility Cepisa.

Low-tension users will pay 25% more while industrial tariffs will jump 29%, Aneel said in a statement.

The change will affect 1.1mn consumers in the northeast state of Piauí from August 28.

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And Aneel authorized a 24% average tariff increase for Maranhão-state distributor Cemar.

Residential electricity prices will rise 22% and industrial rates by 24%, the watchdog said.

The hike will impact 2.1mn consumers in 217 municipalities.