Brazil generates the third-highest amount of electricity in the Americas, behind only the United States and Canada. Hydroelectricity provides more than 70% of Brazil’s generation. During the Olympic Games, electricity demand in the host city of Rio de Janeiro has risen from an influx of tourists, athletes, and event staff.
Brazil currently has 158 hydroelectric plants in operation, which total more than 89 gigawatts (GW), with 9 additional plants under construction and another 26 authorized. The 11-GW Belo Monte plant, when complete, will be the third-largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. With the plants under construction and authorized, Brazil’s hydroelectric generation capacity is projected to expand to 112 GW by 2024.