Brazil issues inventory of priority small hydro studies

Brazil’s electricity regulator has made available to the public a list of studies and basic projects for small hydroelectric plants that are considered priorities for analysis and approval.

Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) said the list of small hydro plants, “pequenas centrais hidreletricas” (PCH), may be obtained from its Internet site, www.aneel.gov.br, under the links Informacoes Tecnicas, Gestao e Estudos Hidroenergeticos, and Acompanhamento de Estudos e Projetos.

ANEEL said criteria are considered to establish priority of the projects for analysis, including whether project operation or installation licenses are granted. The current list encompasses 50 priority enterprises in analysis or in process to being initiated.

The agency also made available two lists ranking inventory studies submitted for analysis. The two groups are inventories up to 50 MW and inventories above 50 MW.

ANEEL reported earlier this month that demand for hydropower project inventory and feasibility studies has far exceeded the rate of demand for such studies in 2007. (HNN 8/11/08)

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