Supply & Demand

Brazil’s hydropower addiction will be hard to break

Non-hydro renewables have a bright future in Brazil’s generation portfolio, but it will be no mean feat for the country to rein in the dominance of hydro Non-hydro renewables have a bright future in Brazil’s generation portfolio, but it will be no mean feat for the country to rein in the dominance of hydro.
By Abhishek Kumar 3 December 2018 0 33533
Brazil will still rely heavily on hydro despite the rise in other renewables. (PA)

Biomass, wind and solar will help Brazil to diversify its power generation mix, although the dominance of hydropower is set to continue for the foreseeable future. This will further reduce Brazil’s reliance on thermal power, including that using gas.

Hydro is Brazil’s main source of power generation and is set to remain so. Electricity production in Brazil amounted to 553.8 TWh between September 2017 and August 2018, with hydro providing 70% of the total. PFT forecasts Brazilian electricity demand will rise by an average of 1.6%...