Brazil, Renewable Green Clean Energy fails, rolling blackouts rule.

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In another extreme failure of Green Clean Renewable energy, Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city is suffering rolling blackouts.

It seems that politics rule energy production in Brazil. Brazil is in the midst of a drought, hence no Hydro-power, which supplies 85% of energy Brazil uses.

Again the people suffer because of the failure of Renewable Energy. If the United States keeps going down the road of Renewables, we will be as weak as the Third World Economies.

Drought Forcing Brazil To Turn To Gas

Drought Forcing Brazil To Turn To Gas

By Nick Cunningham
Posted on Thu, 22 January 2015 23:30 | 0
Brazil is dealing with one of its worst droughts in years, causing the city of Sao Paulo to suffer through rolling blackouts.

Blistering heat and scant rainfall have depleted reserves at Brazil’s hydroelectric plants, leaving power generation at precariously low levels. On January 19, Brazil’s national grid operator ONS cut power to several major Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Commuters on the subway in Sao Paulo even had to disembark from a train and walk along the rails after power to parts of the subway system went out.

A failure in transmission equipment was in part to blame, but the multiyear drought is the bigger underlying cause. Water levels at the Cantareira system, a massive reservoir that provides water to more than 20 million people in and around Sao Paulo, are at just 5.8 percent of its capacity. Brazil sources about 71 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric plants, so a drought not only threatens the agricultural sector – which is a critical part of Brazil’s economy – but it also threatens to cut off energy supplies to Brazil’s most important economic centers.

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More blackouts are expected if the drought doesn’t subside. And that could push Brazil into a recession. Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil’s Water Regulatory Agency, said in October that the residents of Sao Paulo should prepare for a “collapse like we have never seen before” if water levels don’t recover.

To make up for the power shortfall, utilities have to burn more natural gas, which is much more expensive in Brazil. The drought, and subsequent increase in demand for natural gas, is expected to push up retail and commercial electricity bills by as much as 30 percent this year.
 
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Brazil's economy is taking a dive, as Renewable Energy fails. We can expect the same in the USA as we expand Renewable/Clean/Green energy.

We can see the real World consequences of Renewable Energy in other countries. It is obvious that our Politicians understand the danger and hardship that they have saddled us with.

UPDATE 2-Brazil orders rolling blackouts as demand spikes in record heat Reuters

UPDATE 2-Brazil orders rolling blackouts as demand spikes in record heat
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:05am IST

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Rolling blackouts swept across parts of Brazil on Monday as the grid operator ordered select power cuts to avoid a larger crisis, drawing attention to a fragile electric system that is buckling under the strains of record-breaking heat and dryness.......

........Shares of electric companies tumbled on the Sao Paulo stock exchange, dragging an industry index nearly 5 percent lower as news of the power cuts spread. CPFL Energia SA fell more than 7 percent, while AES Eletropaulo, Light SA and Copel each lost around 6 percent.....

......Rousseff's new economic team, which took office at the start of her second term this month, has said utilities will be able to raise power rates this year. A government source told Reuters on Friday that rates could rise as much as 60 percent this year.

Separately on Monday, Finance Minister Joaquim Levy laid out a series of tax increases on fuel, imports and consumer loans, but he held off major announcements for the electric sector. (Writing and additional reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz)
 

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Having 85% of your power dependent on one means of generation is a loser. Brazil has ample sunlight, and, of course, some areas that have adaquete wind. Time for them to take advantage of those potentials.
 

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Having 85% of your power dependent on one means of generation is a loser. Brazil has ample sunlight, and, of course, some areas that have adaquete wind. Time for them to take advantage of those potentials.
Maybe Brazil values their avian populations. :dunno:
 

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Having 85% of your power dependent on one means of generation is a loser. Brazil has ample sunlight, and, of course, some areas that have adaquete wind. Time for them to take advantage of those potentials.
Having your power dependent on Renewable, for any percentage is a loser.
 

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