The Brazilian government (GOB) plans to release a National Plan for Energy Efficiency to gradually decrease energy consumption and save 106 TWh by 2030. This is 25% of Brazil's present annual consumption rate and experts estimate it will be 10% of the consumption rate in 2030. The GOB also will grant fiscal (tax) incentives for all parts of the energy chain as part of a long-term plan to encourage industrial energy efficiency while compensating for increasing demand. The plan will target public policies that define norms of consumption, encourage reporting by the electronic household appliance industry, and standardize residential energy meters and developing a smart grid system.
Reportedly, the Brazilian Power Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) agreed to partner with the Ministry of Science and Technology to create a standard for the local manufacturing of digital energy meters. The Brazilian industry would then be able to replace the 65 million energy meters in six to 10 years.
The Brazilian Electronic and Electrical Association (ABINEE) is already working with the Brazilian Standards Institute to define new metering standards. ABINEE believes that Brazil already possesses the technology to change its energy meters, but this process is expected to become cheaper and more efficient with its development.
Brazilian power utilities CEMIG and AMPLA have been using imported smart meter technologies that can easily pinpoint electricity theft. Smart meters would give consumers, power distributors and government more control over how energy is used. In the future, ANEEL hopes to develop a smart grid, or intelligent network, that will allow the agency more control over the quality of energy delivered and enable consumers and distributors to pinpoint which domestic devices use the most energy.
The GOB will promote energy-efficiency educational campaigns to consumers and will encourage industries to adopt energy-conservation measures. The GOB also plans to reduce spending and increase public lighting efficiency by replacing incandescent lamps with light-emitting-diode lamps.
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