Energy Efficiency is the obtaining of a service with the lowest expenditure of electric energy. According to the specific legislation, in particular Law 9.991, dated July 24, 2000, concessionaires of electricity distribution should apply a minimum percentage of net operating revenue (ROL) in Energy Efficiency Programs, according to regulations of the National Electric Energy Agency - ANEEL.
The conscious, efficient and safe consumption of electric energy is promoted among all consumer classes. But low-income consumers, as regulation suggests, are the most benefited through projects for the replacement of incandescent lamps by fluorescent and LED lamps and awareness-raising about the benefits of changing energy usage habits. Education actions complement the program, with the training of teachers and students on the theme of combating electricity waste and energy efficiency.
Consumers are also encouraged to practice recycling, with programs such as Vale Luz, which grants discounts on energy bills in exchange for recyclable waste forwarded to cooperatives/industries that carry out reprocessing of waste in compliance with current environmental legislation. In addition, the companies act in the streamlining of equipment and improvement of processes of their consumers, fostering the energy efficiency.
Other important initiative involves the implementation of photovoltaic solar energy generation plants such as those operating in Fernando de Noronha, Pituaçu and the power plant in Arena Pernambuco. Currently, the two solar plants in Fernando de Noronha serve 8% of the island's electricity demand and avoid the consumption of 375 thousand liters of diesel per year. The Energy Efficiency Program of Neoenergia distributors has also included several schools and hospitals with this distributed generation technology.
Concessionaires and permissionaires of electricity distribution (such as Coelba, Celpe, Cosern and Elektro) are required to apply 50% of PPE funds to the two largest consumption classes in their concession area, in compliance with current legislation.
By promoting the efficient use of energy, Neoenergia Group increases the efficiency of its institution, and contributes to the economy and the preservation of the environment.
Solar energy plant in Fernando de Noronha