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Brazilians may be paying US$1.6 billion for idle thermal power plants – IDEC

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A study by the Brazilian Consumer Institute (IDEC) shows that Brazilians may be paying R$8.7 billion for energy from thermal plants, which are failing to deliver the contracted energy loads. IDEC identified 33 plants in this situation, or about 6,500 megawatts.

Within this group, according to the institute, there are coal, diesel, fuel oil, and natural gas thermoelectric plants.

"The most serious cases are Termorio, UTE Mauá 3 and Candiota 3, whose fixed annual revenues amount to R$1.2 billion, R$1.06 billion, and R$734.5 million, respectively," explains IDEC . . .

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