IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - November/December 2016 - 40

How Brazil
Aims for Gold
in Reliability
By Paulo Gomes,
Antonio Felipe Aquino,
Sumara Duarte Ticom,
Bernardo Fernandes,
and James Feltes

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NEARLY EVERY BULK POWER SYSTEM HAS
experienced major failures at some point in its
history. These major failures, or blackouts, interrupt large amounts of load for periods of between
several hours and several days and can cost up
to several hundreds of millions, or even billions,
of dollars. Although these events have dreadful
human and economic consequences, they can also
be important in paving the way toward improved
system reliability. The valuable lessons learned
from major failures in electric systems lead to significant improvements in procedures to prevent
and, when necessary, mitigate future outages.
Brazil was chosen as the host country of two
major international events within a two-year interval: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Because
of the social, economical, and political aspects
of hosting events of this magnitude, the Brazilian authorities were especially committed to
running these events well. This article tells, in a
high-level manner, the story of how the regulatory
agency, planning authority, system operators, and

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