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Electricity supply security and the future role of renewable energy sources in Brazil

Rodrigo Corrêa da Silva, Ismael de Marchi Neto and Stephan Silva Seifert

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2016, vol. 59, issue C, 328-341

Abstract: Hydropower is the backbone of the Brazilian electricity generation sector. Even though the use of this resource is advantaged in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, last years׳ severe droughts have exposed the country׳s huge dependency on hydroelectricity. Brazil׳s electricity supply system has shown to be vulnerable to electricity shortages and has demanded significant overhaul in order to address its challenges. The present paper provides a comprehensive review of the current status of the Brazilian electricity sector and discusses diversification of electricity generation mix as a strategy to improve electricity supply security in the country. An overview of the main features of the energy sources applied in Brazil is also presented through a review of the latest available generation data. The central section of this work is a discussion of the main causes of the current crisis and the future role of renewable energy sources in a 10-year perspective.

Keywords: Brazil; Electricity supply security; Renewable energy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.01.001

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