Brazil on the world stage
Brazil is the fourth-largest generator of hydroelectric power in the world (behind China, Canada and the United States) and has one of the largest transmission networks. This transformation has occurred in a country which was generating 75% of its primary energy from wood burning until the 1940s. With the launch of a large energy project in 1973 - highlighted by the construction of the Itaipu plant - hydroelectric power assumed the leading role.
Against this backdrop, the Santo Antônio Hydroelectric plant will help increase these numbers as the plant will have a potential capacity equivalent to 4% of all energy currently produced in Brazil. For this reason, it is regarded as priority project in boosting Brazil´s development. The Santo Antônio HEP is one of the main projects within the federal government´s Accelerated Growth Program (local acronym (PAC).
Find out more about energy generation in Brazil and learn some tips on the rational use of energy in the accompanying links.