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Energy Planning of the EPE

Civil society in the energy planning process of the EPE

CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE iCS AND ITS GRANTEES:

The iCS began a partnership with the EPE in 2016, to co-organize the International Workshop about Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, held in September 2016, with the active presence of the International Energy Agency, the International Energy Initiative Brasil, a grantee of the iCS, and with the participation of organizations from civil society. 

From this Workshop, the iCS-EPE relationship grew stronger and the iCS has served as a reference point for the approximation of the EPE with institutions from civil society that provide research into topics of interest to the EPE. The EPE collaborated with the Instituto Escolhas and the IEMA, respectively, in the preparation of the initial terms of reference of research about costs of energy sources and the use of plant biomass. 
The Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV), also a grantee of the iCS, organized a workshop in Flagstaff (USA), where the indigenous Navajo nation administers the territory that contains a large hydroelectric plant. The event included the participation of technicians from the EPE and from the Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL), indigenous Brazilian representatives from the Munduruku and Juruena people, and representatives from the Navajo and from the Geological Service of the USA.
Ana Toni, Luiz Barroso and Eduardo Azevedo, during the “The Future of the Power Sector” event | Photo: Climate and Society Institute
- “The Future of the Power Sector” event organized by the iCS, in partnership with the EPE | Photo: Climate and Society Institute 

CONTEXT

Energy planning is a structural element of the development model of the country and a determinant in the Brazilian climate policy. It is the ten-year energy plans established by the Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) that will define whether the national model will be low carbon or not. For this reason, the EPE needs to constantly broaden the dialogue, the participation and the transparency of its actions. 

In order to assure the integrity of the natural systems that are essential for an equitable sustainable development, it is necessary to guarantee the qualified and constructive dialogue between different players, leading the country to a fair and safe low carbon energy system, capable of responding to the demands of Brazilian society. However, historically, the collaboration between the EPE and civil society has been limited. 

“ (...) the EPE greatly appreciates the collaboration with institutions such as the iCS, based on technically founded analyses; the iCS helps significantly and provides specialists; the iCS held a series of events to renew knowledge with an international team (...) it was nice to bring in the civil society.” 

Luiz Barroso
President of the EPE (until April 2018)

Members of the ICV during a workshop in Flagstaff (USA) | Photo: ICV

RESULTADOS

From September 2016, after the international, workshop, the EPE participated in dozens of events organized by the civil society and hosted five of them; it received research papers for discussion prepared by the civil society such as, for example, Energy Efficiency by the International Energy Initiative (IEI-Brasil), Zero Carbon in the Power Sector by the Instituto Escolhas, Biomass in the Power System by the IEMA, and Energy Scenarios by the COPPE; iCS was invited to collaborate in the preparation of a document with subsidies to the efficiency energy plan, delivered to the Ministry of Mines and Energy at the end of 2017. 

Furthermore the EPE formed a Work Group to implement the OIT 169 Resolution about indigenous and tribal people in the Brazilian power sector. Although this has been ratified by the Senate since 2001, this resolution has never been employed as an instrument to confront the violations to the rights of traditional people and communities.  

Learn here about some of the important results to which iCS and its grantees made a significant contribution in 2017.