Brazil authorizes small hydro projects

Brazil’s electricity regulator has granted authorizations allowing several small hydropower projects to proceed as independent power producers.

Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) authorized Triton Energia Ltda. to operate as an independent power producer to develop the 21.9-MW Tamboril hydroelectric project on the Bonito River in Goais State.

Beginning commercial operation in January 2011, Tamboril is to include a substation that will be connected to the Palestina substation of utility Companhia Energetica de Goias S.A. by a 30-mile transmission line.

ANEEL also authorized Centrais Eletricas Rio das Almas (Rialma) to operate as an independent power producer to develop the 30-MW Santa Monica hydroelectric project in Cavalcante, also in Goias State.

The regulator also transferred authorizations from Boca do Monte Energia Ltda. to BME-Capao da Convencao Energia S/A to develop two small hydroelectric projects in Rio Grande do Sul State. BME is to begin commercial operation in March 2008 of the 17-MW Eng. Ernesto Jorge Dreher project in Julio de Castilhos and the 13-MW Eng. Enrique Kotzian project in Salto do Jacui.

The independent producer designation allows a company free access to Brazil’s electricity system to produce energy for sale under bilateral contracts.

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