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Hydropower leads installed capacity in Brazil by 66%, says report

ANEEL report shows renewable energy installed capacity in Brazil reached 121.1 thousand MW in 2012, mainly consisting of hydroelectric plants

Hydroelectric is responsible for 65.96 per cent of Brazil’s installed capacity

More than 65 per cent of installed renewable energy capacity in Brazil is from hydropower, according to a report. Hydroelectric power leads all renewable energy sectors and is responsible for 65.96 per cent of the country’s installed capacity, followed by thermoelectric plants with 27.15 per cent and small hydroelectric stations, with 3.52 per cent.

The data is found in the ANEEL (the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency) inspection report that shows Brazil’s updated generation park up until last December 31.

The report shows installed capacity in Brazil reached 121.1 thousand MW in 2012, from 2809 plants, including hydroelectric and thermoelectric plants, small hydroelectric stations and hydroelectric generator stations. The grid is also comprised of power from nuclear plants, at 1.66 per cent, wind farms, at 1.51 per cent and generation stations, at 0.20 per cent.

The report also shows the enterprises that started commercial operations in 2012 and which generated 121.1 thousand MW of power. 79.7 thousand MW of which was from hydroelectric plants, 4.3 thousand MW from small hydroelectric plants (SHP), 1.8 thousand MW from wind farms and 32.9 thousand MW from thermoelectric plants.