Carbon credits approved for three small Brazil hydros

The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agency has approved an application by Brazil developer Brennand Energia to sell carbon emissions credits from three small hydroelectric plants on the Jauru River in Brazil’s Mato Grosso State.

The Executive Board of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change issued a registration October 22 for the Arapucel project, including 20-MW Alto Jauru, 28-MW Indiavai, and 26-MW Ombreiras. Annually they will offset 106,924 metric tons of carbon emissions that otherwise would be produced by fossil fuel-fired power plants.

The project is being developed in three phases. The first phase was initiated in 2001 and concluded in September 2002 when Alto Jauru began operation. The second phase finished in July 2004 when Indiavai began operating. The third phase was complete with operation of Ombreiras in July 2005.

All three projects are run of river and have minimum diversion dams that do not have significant water storage.

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