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Itaipu reaches a new historic mark: 2.3 billion MWh
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Were it possible to store this power, it would be enough to supply the entire world’s electricity consumption for 38 days and ten hours. This volume would also be enough to meet Brazil’s electricity consumption for four years and ten months, and the power demand of a city the size of São Paulo for 78 years.

The mark of 2.3 billion MWh was achieved the same week Itaipu clocked in 76.3 million MWh this year, surpassing the annual production required under contract, that is, 75 million MWh. The power plant also exceeded the volume of power put out in the same period last year. Throughout 2014, 87.6 million MWh were generated. Taking into account the latest data (water flow, demand pace, and generation capability), the production is expected to reach 89 million MWh on December 31.

Itaipu’s executive technical director Airton Dipp says these figures only confirm how privileged Brazil and Paraguay are for having Itaipu’s output, a volume of clean, renewable energy unparalleled in the world. "We should keep in mind that this is the product of a successful project, of the work done by people who took turns over the years to ensure Itaipu’s efficiency increased continuously, and of the exceptional conditions of our Paraná River.”

Largest generator

These 2.3 billion MWh allow Itaipu to remain the largest generator of clean, renewable electricity on the planet.

In terms of accumulated production, the second place is held by Guri, in Venezuela. After its operations started in 1978, the Venezuelan power plant has put out 1.3 billion MWh to date. Ranking 3rd is Grand Coulee, in the United States, which has been operating since 1941 and generated 1.2 billion MWh. The fourth position is held by Russian plant Sayano-Shushenskaya, which has turned out 0.9 billion MWh since 1978. Canadian power plant Churchill Falls holds the same place in the ranking. Since 1971, it has generated 0.9 billion MWh. The Chinese Three Gorges plant, which started operating in 2006, has generated 0.9 billion MWh as well so far.

All these good rates have been achieved at a time when Brazil’s hydrologic situation remains difficult, as the country has been facing the consequences of one of the worst droughts ever for the second year in a row. Brazil is under the influence of El Ñino, which brings excess rainfall in the south and severe drought in the northeast.

Market share

Today, Itaipu accounts for 17% of all electricity consumed in Brazil and serves over 75% of the Paraguayan power market. For Brazil and Paraguay, partners in the power plant, Itaipu’s production is essential for the two countries’ energy infrastructure, integration, and development.