Powering Up the Source

Powering Up the Source


Anyone who has ever visited the immense Itaipú hydroelectric plant on the Paraná River that divides Brazil and Paraguay would be astonished to think that crippling power shortages could undermine Brazil's growth prospects. This dam is so large and the lake behind so vast that it is often described as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Itaipú is the largest dam of its kind in operation anywhere in the world. Its 18 generating units can generate 12,600 megawatts and provide over one-fifth of Brazil's power supply and nearly all the electricity consumed in Paraguay.

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