TCU says no to subsidy that benefits distributed generation

A judgment published by the Federal Court of Auditors (TCU) gave ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency) a period of 90 days to submit an action plan to end the incentives given to consumers who have a distributed generation system. 

The tariff differentiation would be seen as a cross-subsidy, since it passes on costs and burdens of the sector unequally to consumers and burdens those who did not adhere to the system. In addition, it was also scored that could not be done by the regulatory agency. For ANEEL, the differentiation was not a subsidy, but a tariff policy.

Currently, the micro or minigenerator is exempt from paying the use and sector charges for the distribution network – value that is passed on to other consumers, who do not generate their own energy. With the decision, consumers who have distributed generation connected to the system, such as photovoltaic boards, must start paying. 

In addition, the plenary also recommended to the Ministry of Mines and Energy to formulate a new public policy for renewable energies that replaces the current subsidy system and sends it to the legislature.

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