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O povo em primeiro lugar

Impact on economy

 

Community Production Centers

Along with electricity, another important benefit has already reached several communities: Community Production Centers (CPCs), whose goal is to promote local socio-economic development. CPCs are units composed of machines and equipment for production, processing, preservation and/or storage of agricultural products, according to the productive vocation of each region. They can be used by residents for proper storage of fruits, vegetables and milk, or even to start up activities such as manufacturing, for example. Through an investment of R$ 16.8 million, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has supported the establishment of 681 Community Production Centers, which are benefiting more than 28,000 families.

Fruit pulp factory in Nazareth community, in Manaus (AM) Photo: MME Publicity

Improving production processes:

• electric water pump for wells;
• irrigation;
• forage machine and grinders to make feed for animals;
• electric motors, replacing diesel models;
• milk, meat or fish refrigeration;
• greenhouses;
• flour mills;
• processing of fruits.

Electricity Social Tariff

Previously, the rebate was for those who consumed less. Thus, owners of beach houses frequented only in summer were entitled to the benefit. With Light for All, the Social Tariff helps those who need it the most. Indigenous and quilomobola communities, for example, are entitled to a discount of 100% up to the limit of consumption of 50 kWh/month. The discounts are variable, and apply to families enrolled in the Single Registry with income up to half the minimum wage per capita. Families in the Unified Registry with monthly income of up to three minimum wages may benefit if some of its members need health treatments that use devices with high power consumption rates.

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Investment now exceeds R$ 22 billion

The Light for All Program is coordinated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), operated by Eletrobras and its subsidiaries, and implemented in partnership with state and local governments and electricity distributors. Contracted investments total so far R$22.2 billion: R$16.3 billion from the federal government and of this total R$12.9 billion had already been released by the end of June 2014. Federal funds come from an energy industry source - the Energy Development Account (EDA) - and in this case, transferred by grant (grants), plus a line of credit of Caixa Economica Federal. The rest is divided between state governments and companies distributing electricity. The electricity hook up is done free of charge and families are entitled to install three lights and two outlets. And so, from that day on, life begins to change.