New projects to add 50.6GW to national grid

New investments in Brazil's electricity sector will add 50.6-GW of installed capacity to the national grid.

According to information from power regulator Aneel, more than 172 projects are under construction and another 523 have secured permits to begin work.

Of the 172 projects under construction, 74 are hydro, 52 wind, 45 thermo and one nuclear; and of the 523 that have permits, 209 are hydro, 165 wind and 149 thermo.

Brazil currently has 2,583 power plants that boast a combined 117GW.

The watchdog highlights that 70.3 percent of the country's grid consists of hydro, 26. percent thermo, 1.71% nuclear and 1.26 percent wind.

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