The government is warning that Brazil will need to add 110 GW to its installed capacity over the next 15 years to meet the country’s rising demand, reports BNamericas.

It represents twice its existing installed capacity and eight times the potential of the 14 GW Itaipu dam shared by Brazil and Paraguay.

Marcio Zimmermann, the federal mining and energy secretary, confirmed that the government is working on a “strategic plan” for the sector.

According to 2012 figures from the government, hydropower was responsible for 86 per cent of Brazil’s overall electricity production, with Itaipu contributing 17 per cent.

Zimmerman said “hydroelectricity is the flagship producer” in Brazil, but that “greater investments were needed in alternative sources”, such as wind thermoelectric, nuclear and solar” to create a “reliable generation” mix.

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