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Goiás seeks to enable 3.6 GW in SHPs

The government of Goiás is working to make possible the implementation of 182 SHPs, in projects in the state approved or in progress at Aneel. Together, these projects add up to 3,659 MW of power and about R$18 billion ($2.14 bn) in investments.

Cellulose production in Brazil increases by 5%

Cellulose production in Brazil totalled 5.19 million tons from April to June, up 5% over the same period in 2019, according to preliminary data released by the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá). Raw material exports rose 4.5% in the same comparison, to 4.1 million tonnes, while apparent consumption rose 5.7%, to 1.125 million tonnes.

Agrobusiness has created 86,200 jobs in Brazil

The agricultural sector opened 86,200 jobs from January to July this year, according to an analysis by the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA) based on data from the Cadastro Geral de Empregados e Desempregados (Caged). According to CNA, these vacancies were opened mainly in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, and Bahia.

Brazilian government exempts solar energy equipment from import tax

The Brazilian government has zero-rated import tax on more than a dozen solar power generation equipment, a move that follows the elimination of tariffs on other components of the sector announced in July. The exemption is expected to reduce short term costs for the installation of solar enterprises in Brazil. The zero rate is valid until December 2021 for equipment, added to the list of so-called “ex-tariffs.

71% of the deforestation of the Atlantic Forest occurred in 100 municipalities in Brazil

The Atlantic Forest is one of the richest in species diversity and also one of the most threatened on the planet. In the period between 2018 and 2019, 71% of deforestation in the Atlantic Forest occurred in less than 3% of the municipalities in the biome (3,429). In total, about 400 cities deforested the native forest in that period. The champion municipality for deforestation between 2018 and 2019 was Manoel Emídio (PI), with 879 hectares.

BNDES studies model of forest concession in the Amazon

The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) is studying a model for the concession of forests in the Amazon to the private sector. The objective of the institution is to arrive at a model that provides for the development of the region with environmental preservation. A bridge of opportunity with the concession of forests would be the creation of carbon credits.

Hydro generation is up 12.9% in Brazil

Hydroelectric power generation grew 12.9% in the first half of August compared to the same period last year. The source showed average generation of 42,405 MW, compared to 37,568 MW in 2019. Wind power and photovoltaic plants grew by 6.5% and 26.9% respectively in the period between 01 and 15/08, compared to the same period in 2019.