The biggest sporting event in the world is underway. Thousands of fans will be gathered around screens to cheer on their teams. But imagine the international despair if the power failed just as the ball headed towards the goal?
That was FIFA’s concern when they decided to install their own temporary power in each stadium to make sure television pictures are transmitted around the world.
The electricity grid faces a huge additional demand as hundreds of thousands of fans and visitors travel to Brazil. To try to reduce power shortages, the Brazilian government is installing 2 electricity sub stations at every one of the 12 World Cup stadiums.
Brazil has recently had one of the most severe droughts in decades. Around two-thirds of the country’s generation capacity comes from hydroelectric power plants and this extended period without rainfall led to an energy shortage. If the World Cup does place extra demand on the power networks, rationing could be enforced with fines to businesses which don’t reduce their energy usage.
The Brazilian government was expected to pay 21billion Brazilian Real (£5.6 billion) this year to help cover the higher cost of electric power from thermoelectric power plants called into action to offset the hydropower shortages. Restrictions on power consumption may subsequently be introduced later this year.
Protect your business from any potential power shortages by being energy smart. Optimising your use of business electricity and gas during the World Cup will help you reduce your carbon footprint and save your firm money.