What is the Open Power Market?

The Open Power Market, also known as the Free Contracting Environment (ACL, in Portuguese), in Brazil emerged in 1995 to encourage competition and reduce the cost of electricity. Free consumers can create their own strategy and are able to freely negotiate the commercial terms under which they contract electricity. They are free to choose by price, term and index.

BENEFITS OF THIS MARKET

Freedom
Choose your power energy supplier.
Cost Savings
Negotiate price, volume, and contract conditions.
Budget Forecast
Know exactly how much you are going to pay for the power energy in the future.
Competitiveness
Manage your costs and boost your business results.

How does the Open Power Market work?

REGULATED POWER MARKET

Regulated consumers are those that:

- Power purchase electricity straight from local distribution companies;

- Cannot negotiate prices and are subject to regulated tariffs set frorth by ANEEL (National Electricity Agency);

- Buy electricity power from distributors who acquired power at auction and thus must pass on these costs to the consumer.

OPEN POWER MARKET

Free power consumers are those that:

- Develop strategies and freely negotiate the comercial conditions for contracting their purchase electricity;

- Can choose from different market conditions (price, tenure or timeframe); have flexibility in terms of consumption level;

- Choose their electricity supplier, which could be a producer or a trader.

WHO CAN TAKE PART IN
THE OPEN POWER MARKET?

FREE CONSUMER

Companies with have a minimum of 2,500 kW contracted demand, at any voltage level.

These consumers can contract electricity from any source of generation.

Free Consumer

Any source of energy

>2,500 Any voltage *69kV up to
July /1995

SPECIAL CONSUMER*

Companies with have a contracted demand between 500 kW and 2,500 kW.

 

This type of consumer can only contract electricity from incentivized (renewable) sources, such as: wind power plants, solar power plants, biomass, small hydroelectric (PCHs) or hydraulic power plants with a power of 50,000 kW or less, the so-called special energy sources.

Special Consumer

> 500 kW Any voltage

Small hydroelectric power plants (PCHs), biomass, wind and solar power plants

* Consumers with the same CRN (company registration number - CNPJ in Brazil) or located in contiguous area (not separated by public roads) can add their loads to reach the minimum level of 500 kW demand. Example: business networks, industrial condominiums.

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