Energias do Brasil shifts 159 MW of small hydro to renewables unit

Brazilian utility Energias do Brasil (EDB) has assigned a portfolio of 159 MW in small hydropower projects to Enernova, its newly created developer of renewable energy projects.

EDB, a subsidiary of Energias de Portugal, said its goal is for Enernova is to have, by 2012, a portfolio of more than 1,000 MW of renewable energy generation, including small hydro, biomass plants, and wind parks.

EDB is transferring to Enernova 13 small hydropower projects totaling 159 MW in Mato Grosso do Sul and Espirito Santo states.

Twelve of the projects already are operating:
o Mato Grosso do Sul: 400-kW Coxim, 660-kW Sao Joao 1, 600-kW Sao Joao 2, 16-MW Costa Rica, 21-MW Paraiso, 29.5-MW Mimoso;
o Espirito Santo: 25-MW Sao Joao, 2.056-MW Alegre, 4.84-MW Jucu, 8.736-MW Fruteiras, 4.5-MW Vicosa, and 16.8-MW Rio Bonito.

The 13th project, 29-MW Santa Fe, is under construction in Espirito Santo. (HNN 11/20/07)

EDB said Enernova also has feasibility studies for another 24 small hydro projects totaling 538 MW. (HNN 2/27/07)

EDB said Enernova projects will allow the utility group to explore the potential of creation and sale of carbon credits by the renewables projects.

EDB already has submitted three hydro projects for approval to sell carbon credits: the addition of a fourth generating unit to the 198-MW Mascarenhas hydroelectric project on Rio Doce in Espirito Santo; 21-MW Paraiso in Mato Grosso do Sul (HNN 1/30/08); and 25-MW Sao Joao in Castelo, Espirito Santo. (HNN 11/20/07)

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