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The importance of nuclear energy for the expansion of Brazil's electricity grid


  • Santos, Ricardo Luis Pereira dos
  • Rosa, Luiz Pinguelli
  • Arouca, Maurício Cardoso
  • Ribeiro, Alan Emanuel Duailibe


This article analyzes the thermal energy options available in the country to support the expansion of Brazil's electricity grid capacity. The country's electricity mix consists primarily of renewable sources of energy and this configuration will be maintained throughout the 21st century. However, grid expansion can no longer benefit from hydroelectric power plants with large reservoirs leading to a greater participation of thermal power plants. Among the thermal sources available in the country, nuclear power has important comparative advantages. Recognizing these benefits, the Brazilian government has established that expanding electricity grid capacity will amount to up to 8000MW through nuclear energy by 2030.

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  • Santos, Ricardo Luis Pereira dos & Rosa, Luiz Pinguelli & Arouca, Maurício Cardoso & Ribeiro, Alan Emanuel Duailibe, 2013. "The importance of nuclear energy for the expansion of Brazil's electricity grid," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 284-289.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:60:y:2013:i:c:p:284-289
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.020

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