Cemig loses authority to operate Brazil’s 424-MW Jaguara hydropower plant

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The Brazilian Supreme Court has revoked the right of utility Cemig to operate the 424-MW Jaguara hydropower plant.

Cemig’s control of the project has been a subject of legal action since at least 2012, when the company’s concessions for the Jaguara, Sao Simao and Miranda plants were revoked for its refusal to agree with controversial energy sector reforms enacted by former president Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil’s Supreme Court then granted an injunction to Cemig in June 2013, allowing the company to maintain control of the project, which was challenged in June 2015 before counrts yet again gave Cemig control of Jaguara via a temporary concession in December of the same year.

Now, the Brazilian government said, it will hold a new auction for Jaguara’s operating rights.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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