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"November 11th, 2009, Brazil experienced one of its worst blackouts in history. Due to the fall of a transmission line that connects the giant Itaipu Power Plant (the largest operational hydroelectric power plant in the world) to the Brazilian electrical system, the major states of the country had no electricity for more than three hours during the early evening—peak hours for energy consumption. This blackout clearly exposed the fragility of the Brazilian interconnected power system, which is ultra-dependent on the energy generated by the Itaipu Binacional plant."
Francisco Ebeling Barros is an economist, currently serving on the board of Management of Economy and Energy Policy of the IBP - Brazilian Institute of Oil, Gas and Biofuels. He studied at the Institute of Economics of UFRJ, has completed specialization courses in Energy Economics and has worked as a research assistant in the Group for Energy Economics from UFRJ. He is the editor of the monthly PPI Monitor (www.ibp.org.br) and is one of the editors of the literary Beehive (www.revistacolmeia.com.br). He is also a member of AB3E (Brazilian Association for Studies in Economics of Energy) and IAEE (International Association of Energy Economics).