Survey: 65% of Brazilians have returned to in-person activities; electricity costs rise

Wealthier classes are leading the return to routine; for most families, energy consumption and electricity bills increased during the pandemic.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Faced with the water crisis and rising electricity prices, which in July increased to R$9.46 per 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) consumed (up 52% over June), the Brazilian Association of Energy Suppliers (ABRACEEL) in partnership with Datafolha surveyed Brazilians' opinion on the current outlook for the electricity sector.

The survey was conducted through 2,081 interviews in 130 cities across Brazil in May.

Most consumers (83%) consider electric energy expensive or very expensive, and 53% blame the problem on the incidence of taxes on the tariff.

For 19%, lack of sector competition is the main . . .

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