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  1. Proposal could ease financial burden imposed on hydropower project operators during Brazil's drought

    A provisional decree approved by Brazil's legislature yesterday would allow hydroelectric power generators to receive compensation for losses incurred during the country's prolonged drought. The drought -- Brazil's worst on-record  -- has cost both utilities and consumers estimated billions of dollars as power producers have had to turn to more expensive generating sources like biomass, coal and natural gas to make up shortfalls in hydropower availability. According to state press service Diario Oficial da Uniao, power generators would be reimbursed for their losses through higher tariffs after paying a risk premium. Companies would also have an option to extend existing concession contracts by up to 15 yewars. The proposal must still be approved by Brazil's congress. The announcement comes days after state grid operator Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico (ONS) revealed reservoir levels through much of Brazil rebounded significantly through July , potentially signaling an end to the drought. Higher water levels, particularly in those most impacted by the drought, allowed the government to call for the shut down of 21 backup thermoelectric plants. For more news from Brazil,  visit here .

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  2. Brazil rebounding from drought

    A 20% increase in Brazil's hydroelectric power reservoirs in July has allowed the country's government to shut down 21 backup thermoelectric plants.

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    Wed, 12 Aug 2015

  3. Brazil seeks regional development plan for hydropower project sites

    Brazil's mines and energy ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to help initiate regional socio-economic development in the areas of hydroelectric projects in Brazil

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    Mon, 20 Jul 2015

  4. Norte Energia awards supply contracts for Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydroelectric plant

    Brazil's Norte Energia has awarded a pair of contracts for the supply of mechanical equipment to be provided for Brazil's massive 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydroelectric complex.

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    Wed, 15 Jul 2015

  1. China's State Grid to construct longest transmission line in Brazil as part of Belo Monte hydroelectric project

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    Tue, 21 Jul 2015

  2. Commissioning of turbines at Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau nearing halfway point

    Nearly half of the 50 turbine units at Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower project have been commissioned, according to a report released this week by operator GDF Suez SA of France.

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    Fri, 27 Feb 2015

  3. Brazil seeks dam safety studies to rehabilitate 164 dams

    Brazil's Ministry of National Integration invites expressions of interest to perform dam safety studies for rehabilitation of 164 dams.

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    Fri, 12 Sep 2014

  4. Brazil reverses approval of concession auction for 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydro project

    A day after a complaint by environmentalist lobbying groups, Brazil's mines and energy ministry revoked its approval of a concession auction to develop the 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tapajos River.

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    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

  5. Brazil sets concession auction for 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydro project

    Brazil's mines and energy ministry has published guidelines for the concession auction to develop the 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tapajos River.

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    Wed, 17 Sep 2014

  6. Brazil ’s hydroelectric facilities almost dry due to drought

    Opinions vary and scientific data mounts as to why Sao Paulo, Brazil , is experiencing one of the country’s most severe droughts in recorded history. But, all affected by the drought agree – many of the hydroelectric facilities that serve Sao Paulo are below 10% capacity. 

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    Wed, 29 Oct 2014

  7. Brazil ’s drought brings water supply to near zero capacity at hydroelectric facilities

    Brazil is experiencing a debilitating drought as the nation endures the driest period since South America’s most populous country began keeping records in the 1930s. As a result of the arid conditions, reservoir levels and lake water flow to hydroelectric facilities that supply power to Brazil ’s ...

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    Wed, 28 Jan 2015

  8. Brazil authorizes operation of 373.3-MW Santo Antonio do Jari hydro project

    Brazil's energy regulator has authorized commercial operation of the first unit of the 373.3-MW Santo Antonio do Jari hydro project on Brazil's Jari River.

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    Fri, 26 Sep 2014

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