Renewable electricity production in Brazil neared 90% in June

Of all the electricity produced in Brazil in June, renewables accounted for 88%.

In the country, renewables represent 82% of the total installed capacity, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

In June, hydropower reached 102,228 MW of installed capacity, biomass 14,657 MW, wind 12,931 MW and solar 1,602 MW.

Renewable installed capacity grew 7,401 MW in June 2018 compared with June 2017. Of this total, 3,450 MW came from hydro, 2,219 MW from wind, 1,365 MW from solar and 524 MW from biomass.

At the same time, last month’s World Energy Investment 2018 report said there were fewer addition of hydro capacity worldwide, with a slowdown in Brazil.

One major hydro project under development in the country is 11.2-GW Belo Monte on the Xingu River in Para State. It has been under construction since 2011 and likely will not be complete until 2020 at the earliest.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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