President Lula has vetoed the text approved in Congress that removed the right of customers of the Program, with solar panels in their homes, to use the surplus as a discount in the following month
As demanded by civil society and ICS grantees in the energy area, the veto of president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the section that obliges the distributors to buy the ‘surplus’ energy from solar panels installed in popular houses, within the framework of the law that recreates the program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida,” has been confirmed. This obligation had been questioned, including by entities that represented the distributed generation companies and solar plants, as they could increase the electricity bills of the consumers, because the distributors already buy more energy than the demand of their customers. In this case, according to the regulations of the National Agency for Electric Energy (Aneel), the companies could pass on the cost. To whom? Precisely to the end customers.
The installation of solar panels was proposed by the government in the provisional measure that recreated the program, and involved the direct participation of Revolusolar, another iCS grantee. The intention is to make consumed energy less expensive – the customer will be connected to the production system even with the installation of the panels in his residence and, if he consumes less than was produced, he will be given a credit to be discounted from his bill in the following month. Congress tried to force the purchase of this surplus by the distributors, which was the object of Lula’s veto.
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