Lula and Bolsonaro in the second presidential round, their proposals for the energy sector

(PN) The decision on who will run the country for the next four years will be decided on the 30th. With 99.90% of the votes counted, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) has 48.41% of the valid votes, against 43.22% of his opponent, the incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro. The counting of votes showed a different result from what was being pointed out by electoral polls, with Bolsonaro showing a greater electoral strength than that indicated in most polls carried out days before the election. Lula, in turn, was practically within the margin of error indicated by the surveys. See below a summary of the main proposals of each of the candidates for the energy sector.

LULA’S PROPOSALS FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR:

Lula’s government plan argues that it is essential to guarantee the country’s energy sovereignty and security, with an expansion of energy supply, deepening the diversification of the matrix, with the expansion of clean and renewable sources at prices compatible with the Brazilian reality.

Lula also points out that it is necessary to expand the production capacity of oil products in Brazil, taking advantage of the great wealth of the pre-salt, with prices that take into account the costs of production in Brazil. Lula’s government program is also directly opposed to the privatization of strategic companies, such as Petrobras and Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A., which were in the crosshairs of the Bolsonaro government’s privatization plans.

“We strongly oppose the ongoing privatization of Petrobras and Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA). Petrobras will have its strategic and investment plan oriented towards energy security, national self-sufficiency in oil and derivatives, and the guarantee of fuel supply in the country. Therefore, it will return to being an integrated energy company, investing in exploration, production, refining and distribution, but also operating in segments that are connected to the ecological and energy transition, such as gas, fertilizers, biofuels and renewable energies. It is necessary to preserve the sharing regime, and the pre-salt social fund must be, once again, at the service of the future”, pointed out the government plan.

Lula’s program is still opposed to the sale of Eletrobrás. “We need to recover its role as the heritage of the people, preserving our energy sovereignty, and enabling programs such as Luz para Todos, which will continue, and a sustainable policy of low tariffs”, points out the document.

BOLSONARO’S PROPOSALS FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR:

Bolsonaro’s government plan argues that energy security should continue to be a factor of commitment in the next term, in line with the effort made during his first term.

“The conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine involving energy sanctions that impact the entire world is proof that this issue deserves the improvement and development of public policies that allow Brazil to maintain its energy supply and have the flexibility to face possible crises. like this. Today, Brazil is positively inserted in the world, due to its liberal policies, as an important partner in the area of ​​energy security. This implies permanently offering energy services to the Brazilian population, observing regional peculiarities, within the demands of each region and at a fair price”, detailed the plan.

Bolsonaro’s government plan also points out that, after re-election, two priority commitments will be reinforced: generate efficiently and offer energy according to current demand, laying the foundations for future needs, thinking about national economic growth that will directly impact the economy. citizens and their well-being; and tirelessly promote, including with international actors, a robust increase and diversification in the production and use of sustainable, renewable and clean energy, without compromising other aspects involving this topic, such as natural gas as an alternative for various productive sectors, such as petrochemicals and fertilizers , for example.

“In the current government, the topic has always been highlighted, as during the discussions on fuels of the future at the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE). It is estimated that, in a short time, using resources from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, the Financing Company for Studies and Projects (Finep) will involve calls to bring together technological centers, entrepreneurs and startups aiming at the production of clean energy (wind , solar etc.). It is a potential of between 45 and 75 gigawatts of wind, solar and distributed generation in 10 years, providing investments of up to 600 billion reais”, points out the plan.

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