Brazil’s government will enforce a Dec. 4 deadline it gave power companies to decide whether to renew concessions and won’t change any terms of its offer, Deputy Energy Minister Marcio Zimmermann said.
Brazil, the second-biggest producer of hydroelectricity, is seeking to increase the use of fossil fuels after the worst drought in 50 years depleted reservoirs, underscoring a limit to renewable energy.
Petroleo Brasileiro SA ’s planned $25 billion share sale and swap of stock for oil will go ahead in September and won’t be derailed by presidential elections the following month, Energy Minister Marcio Zimmermann said.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ’s administration will have the “final word” on the price of oil reserves that Petroleo Brasileiro SA will buy from the government, Energy Minister Marcio Zimmermann said.
Light SA led a rally by Brazilian electricity companies after the government said a blackout this week was an isolated incident and measures are being devised to compensate distributors for record high spot prices.