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Brazil: Government expands access to free energy market; distributors could lose customers

On Wednesday, September 27, Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy published a decree allowing all consumers connected at high voltage to join the free electricity market.

It is the most significant advance since 1995 for the liberalization of a market currently restricted mainly to large and medium-sized companies.

With the measure, viewed with caution by distributors likely to lose customers, approximately 106,000 new consumer units will be able to join the so-called "ACL" market.

In this free contracting environment, where consumers negotiate prices and energy purchase conditions with a supplier, they can obtain savings of up . . .

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