The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), taking another step towards the modernization of the Brazilian electricity sector, made available, this Tuesday (26/07), through Ordinance 672/2022 , Public Consultation n 131/2022 , with a view to collecting contributions from society on the proposal for an ordinance that advances the opening of the electric energy market in the country and the studies prepared by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) and the Electric Energy Commercialization Chamber (CCEE) on regulatory measures necessary to allow the opening of the free market for consumers with a load of less than 500 kW.
The proposal makes it possible for all consumers served at high voltage (AT) to choose to purchase electricity from any supplier as of January 1, 2024. This move reinforces and gives continuity to the trajectory of market opening that, through the Ordinances MME n 514, of December 27, 2018 and n 465, of December 12, 2019, has been promoting gradual reductions in the limits for consumer participation in the free market since July 2019.
Currently, consumers with a load equal to or greater than 1,000 kW, served at any voltage, can now choose to purchase electricity from any concessionaire, licensee or authorized electricity provider in the National Interconnected System. As of January 1, 2023, the load limit will be lowered to 500 kW.
With the new proposal presented today for contributions from society, it is intended to continue the path of gradual opening of the market, allowing another portion of consumers to exercise their power of choice.
With regard to low voltage (LV) consumers, the proposed ordinance is based on the assessment that it is not possible to cover them, at this moment, in view of the prior need for legal and regulatory developments to be promoted resulting from a possible inclusion, in order to safeguard the sustainability of the opening of the market for this segment.
On the other hand, with a view to achieving the objective that all consumers, regardless of the load and voltage of the grid connection, may in the future have freedom of choice of the electricity supplier, the studies prepared by the Aneel and CCEE with assessments and indications of regulatory measures necessary to allow the complete opening of the free electricity market.
Interested parties will have 30 days, counting from the publication date of Ordinance 672/2022, to present their contributions to improve the proposal.