Electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) announced approval in February of the acquisition of the operators of 13 hydroelectric projects by PCH Participacoes S/A of Brazil.
ANEEL said the 13 projects, totaling 288 MW, are located in Espirito Santo, Goias, Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro states.
PCH Participacoes acquired from Eletroriver S/A: 27-MW Sao Simao, 27-MW Sao Pedro, and 21-MW Alfredo Chaves, all in Espirito Santo; 22.5-MW Funil and 15-MW Carangola in Minas Gerais; 4.5-MW Fumaca 4 in Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais; and 19-MW Calheiros in Espirito Santo and Rio de Janeiro.
PCH Participacoes acquired from Araguaia Centrais Eletricas S/A: 30-MW Irara, 30-MW Jatai, and 18-MW Retiro Velho, all in Goais.
PCH Participacoes acquired from BSB Energetica S/A: 30-MW Santa Fe 1, 19-MW Bonafante, and 25-MW Monte Serrat, all in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
All the hydro plant operators are classified as independent power producers that can sell electricity in the non-regulated market. All are qualified under the national incentive program for alternative power producers, Programa de Incentivo as Fontes Alternativas de Energia Eletrica (Proinfa).