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Brazil's available operating hydropower capacity exceeds 100 GW

11 Sep 2019

According to recent data from the Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL), there are 217 large-scale hydropower power plants operating in Brazil, exceeding the 100 GW mark of actual grid-available installed capacity ("potência fiscalizada"). Brazil also has over 1,000 smaller hydropower power plants totalling 5.97 GW of installed capacity, over 3,000 thermal power plants (40.8 GW), 616 wind power plants (15 GW) and over 2,700 solar power plants (2.25 GW).

Three of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world are in Brazil, namely Belo Monte (11,233 MW), Tucuruí (8,370 MW) and the Brazilian portion of Itaipu Binacional (7,000 MW).

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