Agency finds seven distributors responsible for blackout. Termination of contracts depends on Aneel’s recommendation and approval from the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) reported this Thursday (16) that the first results of the inspection that determines the responsibility of the distributors for the blackout in São Paulo should be released within 30 days. “Aneel intends to have the first results in 30 days and in this process different dimensions of the problem will be analyzed”, said the agency in a note. According to Aneel, the inspection processes determine: preparation of distributors for critical events; performance in preventing its effects; capacity to reestablish, adapt, prepare and quantity the teams used in the recomposition; execution of the contingency plan; dialogue with other institutions involved in the reestablishment process. Legislative Assembly of SP records power outage during Enel CPI meeting On the 7th, the general director of Aneel, Sandoval Feitosa, stated that the agency had requested the formal opening of administrative processes to determine the responsibility of seven distributors. After heavy rains that weekend, around 2 million properties were left without electricity in the capital of São Paulo; a situation that, for thousands of them, lasted for days. Operating in São Paulo: Enel; CPFL Santa Cruz; CPFL Paulista; CPFL Piratininga; Electro; Energisa Sul-Southeast; EDP. Most of the properties without electricity were located in the Enel concession area, which operates in the capital and the metropolitan region. Enel concession The distributor was criticized for the delay in reestablishing the electricity supply. This Thursday (16), the mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes, stated that he will ask Aneel to terminate the company’s concession contract. Lawyer Henrique Reis explains that, by law, termination of the contract is only possible when requested by the distributor. In other words, only Enel could request, through legal action, for the contract to be canceled in case of non-compliance with its obligations by the government. Another way to terminate the distribution contract would be through the Ministry of Mines and Energy. In this case, after the inspection process, the agency’s technical area could subpoena the company and recommend the sanction to Aneel’s management. Only then could the board recommend expiry, that is, the termination of the contract to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. But the final decision is up to the ministry. “It depends on an inspection process to assess failures and transgressions, so that Aneel can assess the possibility of declaring the concession ‘expired’. Still, this decision is not the responsibility of the agency, but of the MME [Ministério de Minas e Energia]”, stated Reis. Action protocols When questioned, Aneel stated that it has maintained “broad dialogue with all parties involved in the process”. He also said that he intends to create protocols for responding to severe weather events on three fronts: Detection of events of this nature by companies in the energy sector themselves together with meteorological services; Improve prevention and damage reduction plans in coordination with the state government and city halls; Action plan to resume electricity service, including the possibility of using teams from other distributors, as a form of “exchange”.