Brazil drought hinders Itaipu hydropower output

Power generation from the 14 GW Itaipu hydroelectric plant fell 11 percent in 2014 amid Brazil's worst drought in 84 years.

Output from the facility on the Brazil-Paraguay border reached 87.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), down from 98.6 TWh in 2013, according to Business News Americas.

"This was above expectations given the atypical conditions," the plant's operator Itaipu Binacional said in a statement.

Last week China's 22.5 GW Three Gorges Dam announced it had broken Itaipu's yearly generation record with 2014 output of 98.8 TWh.

Itaipu Binacional said it aimed to eclipse the 100 TWh mark in 2015, adding it would need "favorable" weather.

More than 75 percent of Paraguay's electricity comes from Itaipu, which also supplies 17 percent of Brazil's needs.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs