Regulator clears commercial operation of 113 MW at Brazil Eldorado biomass TPP
Sep 13, 2013 - Brazil's electricity sector regulator Aneel cleared the commercial operation of the first 113-MW turbine at the Eldorado biomass thermoelectric power plant (TPP), according to a decree published in the State Gazette yesterday.
The plant will have two turbines of 113 MW. It will use black liquor and wood residues as fuel. The facility is located in Tres Lagoas, central-western Mato Grosso do Sul state, and is controlled by local pulp and paper producer Eldorado Celulose e Papel.
The owner will operate the plant as an independent power producer (IPP).
Independent power producers are able to sell their surplus energy and distribute energy to large consumers, paying concessionaires for the use of transmission lines. The main difference between independent producers and concessionaires in Brazil is that the first operate at their own risk, mainly based on free competition, while the second are subject to specific public service rules, including participation in sharing obligations and advantages of the interconnected energy system.