In a decade Brazil must increase power generating capacity by 56%

Mercopress, 01/05/2012

The world’s largest operating hydroelectric dam, Itaipú. Mercopress

Brazil must expand electricity production over the next decade by an amount equivalent to the power generated by three Itaipú hydroelectric dams, according to a study released Wednesday by the state-run Energy Research Corporation, EPE.

Electricity consumption in Brazil will grow at an average rate of 4.5% annually over the next 10 years, climbing from 472.000 GWh in 2011 to 736.000 GWh in 2021, EPE said in the report.

That means that electricity demand in 2021 will be 56% higher than last year and that Brazil will have to increase its electricity production by 264,000 GWh over the next decade to keep pace.

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