The content has been shared, if you want to share this content with other users click here.
Brazilian energy minister Edison Lobão has defended the country's hydropower reliance amid deepening concerns over drought and opposition to large-scale dam projects.
"At a time when Brazil needs to increase its generation park, Itaipu remains at the forefront, showing our capacity to build large hydroelectric plants while respecting the environment and promoting development," Lobão said.
"In the case of Itaipu, the benefits extend to Paraguay and other neighboring countries."
Brazil's installed hydropower capacity currently stands at 75GW, about 60% of its total generation park.
Brazil has also seen growing opposition from local communities to new mega-dam projects in the country's north.
Among the most controversial is the 11.2GW Belo Monte plant, which has been the target of regular protests and occupations since construction work began in 2011.
People block the Transamazon highway in protest at the Belo Monte hydroelectric project in Brazil's northern state of Pará. CREDIT: ANDERSON BARBOSA/AFP