Brazil’s National Electricity Regulatory Agency (Aneel), the country’s energy market watchdog, has allowed operator Usina Santo Angelo to start commercial operation of a 40 MW biomass-fired power plant (pictured).

News service Seenews said the plant is located in the state of Minas Gerais and includes one 10 MW unit and one 30 MW unit. The plant is fueled with sugar cane bagasse.

In addition, Aneel has authorised Alupar Investimento to start test operations at the Ferreira Gomes hydropower plant. Once completed, the plant is expected to have a capacity of 252 MW.