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Plants increase electricity supply to the national grid by 7%

The sugar-energy sector generated 9.76 million MWh of electrical energy for the national grid between January and July 2023. The amount would be capable of meeting 20% ​​of Portugal's consumption for one year and is equivalent to 14% of all energy generated by Itaipu last year.

Bioenergy generated in the first seven months of the year represents a growth of 7.1% compared to the same period in 2022. The data was compiled by the Sugarcane and Bioenergy Industry Union (Unica) based on information from the Chamber of Electric Energy Trading (CCEE) and the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL).

“Sugarcane - bagasse and straw - is the main source of electricity generation with biomass in the country. It represented 71% of all energy generated from biomass, which totaled 13.8 million MWh between January and July this year”, says Zilmar Souza, Bioelectricity manager at UNICA.

Capacity installed

In September 2023, the installed capacity granted and in operation in the country is 197,299 MW. Of this total, 82.7% comes from renewable sources.

Biomass totals 17,323 MW of installed capacity, representing 8.8% of Brazil's electrical matrix. Alone, it occupies fourth position, behind water, wind and natural gas sources.

In 2023, biomass should install 457 MW, representing 4.3% of the total increase this year in the Brazilian electricity matrix (10,730 MW). The expansion will be led by wind and solar energy, representing 51.3% and 33.5% of growth.

Of the 10,730 MW to be installed in 2023, almost 91% will come from renewable sources, while 85% will come from intermittent sources (wind and solar), as the biomass source is not considered intermittent.

“When we look ahead, from 2023 to 2026, the biomass source is expected to add 1,692 MW to the Brazilian electricity matrix, in 31 concession projects that have high or average feasibility of entering into commercial operation by 2026, meaning an annual average of 423 MW in period. This is a sustainable and safe energy solution for the electrical matrix, which we hope will be increasingly welcomed and encouraged”, concludes Souza.

In the last fifteen years (2008 to 2022), the biomass source added, on average, 819 new MW each year, totaling 12,282 MW more in the Brazilian electricity matrix, higher than the capacity currently installed by the Belo Monte Plant (11,233 MW), the largest 100% Brazilian hydroelectric plant.


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