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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An estimate of the Ministry of Mines and Energy shows that Brazilian indigenous lands have the potential to be home to approximately 40 hydroelectric plants with the capacity to generate a total of 28,000 megawatts (MW).

This 28,000 MW would be equivalent to just over a quarter (27.2 percent) of the installed capacity of the more than 217 hydroelectric plants currently in operation in the country (102,998 MW).

In early February, the federal government submitted a bill to Congress that regulates the exploitation of indigenous lands. The text would allow the construction . . .

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