Overview of the Brazilian Electrical Power Sector

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
01:30 pm - 03:00 pm
Expo Center Norte
Cantareira 3-5 (2nd floor)

Photovoltaic solar energy has conquered the second position in Brazil. What were the factors that favored this achievement and what is the future scenario from the institutional perspective of the sector?

01:30 pm - 01:40 pmWelcome and Introduction

Dr. Rodrigo Sauaia



01:40 pm - 01:50 pmto be announced

Reinaldo Garcia

Director of Programs of the Executive Secretary

Ministry of Mines and Energy

01:50 pm - 02:00 pmSolar Energy in Brazil: System Operation Perspectives

Christiano Vieira da Silva

Operations Director

ONS - National Electrical System Operator

02:00 pm - 02:10 pmSolar, Batteries and the Energy Transition in Brazil

Vinicius Nunes



02:10 pm - 03:00 pmQ&A Session



Christiano Vieira da Silva, ONS - National Electrical System Operator

Operations Director


Christiano Vieira da Silva is an electrical engineer with a master's degree in economics. He has over 25 years of professional experience, 18 of which have been dedicated to the regulation of the Brazilian power sector. Since May 2022, he has held the position of Director of Operation at ONS, the Brazilian Power System Operator. He served as the National Secretary of Electric Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy - MME from 2021 to 2022. Between 2006 and 2021, he held the positions of Deputy Director, Superintendent of Generation Services Regulation, Advisor to the Board of Directors, and Deputy Superintendent of Market Studies, all at ANEEL, the Brazilian Electricity Regulator.


Reinaldo Garcia, Ministry of Mines and Energy

Director of Programs of the Executive Secretary


Electrical Engineer, with a master's degree in Power Systems from the University of Brasilia - UNB, and a specialization in Regulation of Gas and Electricity Public Services from USP/UNICAMP. He joined ANEEL in 1998 where he worked as a specialist until March 2007. In 2007 and 2008 he worked as a consultant for the National Electricity System Operator (ONS) and as a planning consultant for the MME's Energy Planning Department. In January 2009, he joined Empresa de Pesquisa Energética - EPE as a planning analyst. In July 2011, he returned to ANEEL as a Regulatory Specialist in the area of Energy Transmission. At ANEEL, he was an advisor to the Board of Directors from April 2021 to June 2023. He is currently serving as Director of Government Programs at the Executive Secretariat of the MME.


Vinicius Nunes, BloombergNEF



Vinicius Nunes is a Climate Solutions analyst at BloombergNEF. He has experience in strategic analysis for energy transition in emerging markets, with a focus on Brazil. Vinicius holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a Master's degree in Energy Markets from Grenoble INP in France.


Dr. Rodrigo Sauaia, ABSOLAR



Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia is co-founder and CEO of ABSOLAR (Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association), the national association representing Brazilian solar PV companies and professionals. He is co-founder and a governing board member of the GSC (Global Solar Council), a non-profit body representing regional and national solar associations on international issues. Rodrigo holds a PhD in Materials Engineering and Technology from PUC-RS (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul), a Master's degree in Renewable Energies from Loughborough University (UK), a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from USP (São Paulo University), and has collaborated with the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Germany) and with ETH Zürich (Switzerland).

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