Brazilian hydropower sector boosted by rainfall

Much-needed rainfall is allowing Brazil to deactivate thermal power plants in favour of hydroelectric poweHydroelectric power Brazilr.

An additional 3,000 MW of gas-fired power is set to be deactivated on March 1 as rains improve Brazil‘s hydropower system, in a move that will trim electricity tariffs across the country, Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said on Thursday.

15 thermal power plants are set to be switched off, amounting to 2,000 MW of power.

Brazil, which mostly relies on hydropower, has had its more expensive natural gas-powered thermal plants running full throttle since a drought hit the southeast region three years ago.

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