Brazil's dirty energy risk

With drought threatening Brazil's hydro power sources, one of the world's cleanest energy grids is at risk of becoming more reliant on gas. Perhaps wind can come to the rescue.

Brazil has long boasted about having one of the world's cleanest energy grids due to its heavy use of hydro power, but a recent threat to its water supply is sending the country to the brink of energy rationing, raising concerns that Brazil will turn to more carbon-intensive energy sources to fuel its growing thirst for energy.

Below-normal rains since November have depleted reservoirs at hydroelectric facilities to critical levels while consumption hits its seasonal peak.

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