Brazil regulator endorses concession renewal for 16.5-MW Antas 2

Brazil’s electricity regulator has endorsed a request to renew the operating concession of the 16.5-MW Antas 2 hydroelectric project on the Antas River in Pocos de Caldas.

The board of Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) forwarded a favorable recommendation to the Ministerio de Minas e Energia to renew the concession held by the mining town’s electricity department, Departamento Municipal de Eletricidade de Pocos de Caldas (DMEPC).

ANEEL found March 3 that DMEPC has the technical, legal, economic, and financial qualifications to receive the 20-year concession extension, if the ministry agrees. The mines and energy ministry has the authority to issue renewals of up to 20 years.

Antas 2 has been operating since 1998. DMEPC received the original concession in 1979.

8-MW Rio dos Indios, 1.5-MW Maria Celia Mauad Notini

In other action, ANEEL approved the application of Casa de Pedra Energia Ltda. to act as an independent power producer by the deployment and operation of the 8-MW Rio dos Indios small hydro project. Rio dos Indios is expected to begin operation in January 2011 at Nonoai in Rio Grande do Sul State.

As one of the class of small hydro plants, “pequenas centrais hidreletricas” (PCH), Rio dos Indios receives a 50 percent reduction in rates for use of electrical transmission and distribution systems while the capacity it supplies does not exceed 30 MW.

ANEEL also authorized Ferro Liga Ltda. to act as a self-generator of electricity through development and operation of another PCH, 1.5-MW Maria Celia Mauad Notini, in Cosmopolis de Minas and Passa Tiempo in Minas Gerais State. The project is to begin operation in May 2010.

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