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Hydro

We operate the world’s largest independently owned hydroelectric portfolio, which consists of over 215 hydroelectric generation facilities located on 80 river systems across North and South America. We support our assets with fully developed, local operating platforms and in-house power marketing, operations and development expertise. Other important drivers of value are the geographic diversity of our asset base, our centralized control systems, and our resource optimization processes, which enable us to sell and store power during peak and off-peak periods. These qualities, combined with the high barriers to entry of the hydro sector, strengthen our competitive position.

  • Brookfield-Isagen
    Isagen, Colombia

    In 2016, we acquired Colombia’s third-largest power generation portfolio, based primarily on hydro and accounting for roughly 20 percent of the country’s generation. This investment was possible because of our ability to be patient over a lengthy sale process, along with our underwriting capabilities, and hydro expertise.

  • Brookfield-Holtwood
    Holtwood, U.S.

    In 2016, we acquired this portfolio of two hydro stations in Pennsylvania with 296 megawatts of installed capacity, enough to power more than 100,000 homes annually. Holtwood benefits from synergies with our 417 megawatt Safe Harbor facility, as well as a diverse revenue stream, long-term operating licenses and a market that is facing significant coal retirements and relying increasingly on renewables.

  • Brookfield-SafeHarbor
    Safe Harbor, U.S.

    In 2014, we acquired the 417 megawatt Safe Harbor hydroelectric generating facility in Pennsylvania. One of the largest conventional hydroelectric facilities in the U.S., it generates an average of 1.1 million megawatt-hours annually, enough to power about 100,000 homes. It has storage capabilities to dispatch during peaking hours and benefits from multiple revenue streams including energy, capacity, ancillaries and renewable energy credits.

  • Brookfield-SmokyMountain
    Smoky Mountain, U.S.

    Acquired in 2012, our Smoky Mountain portfolio consists of four hydro facilities in Tennessee and North Carolina with nearly 380 megawatts of combined capacity and 86 miles of transmission infrastructure. Located in one of the highest load-growth areas in the U.S., it is positioned to benefit from planned coal retirements. The four plants can be operated as daily peaking facilities and have among the lowest operating costs in the region.

  • Brookfield-Kokish
    Kokish River, Canada
    In 2012, Brookfield Renewable and the ‘Namgis First Nation partnered to develop this 45-megawatt, run-of-river hydroelectric project on Vancouver Island, which came into operation in 2014 and generates enough energy to power 10,000 households annually. Governed by both partners’ shared respect for culture, land and aquatic resources, the project received a 2015 Sustainable Electricity Award from the Canadian Electricity Association.

Wind

As one of the fastest-growing renewable technologies, wind power provides an important complement to our core hydro portfolio. We developed and commissioned our first wind project in 2006 and today own and operate 36 wind facilities with an installed capacity of more than 1,400 megawatts, enough to power more than 300,000 homes. In building our wind business we have focused on attractive power markets in North America, South America and Europe. We are able to service and maintain our turbines with full-scope, in-house resources and equipment from Tier 1 suppliers.

Brookfield-Kilgarvan
Irish Wind, Ireland
In 2014, we established our European wind platform with the acquisition of a wind portfolio from the Government of Ireland, consisting of 17 wind projects with over 325 megawatts of operating capacity, as well as a significant development portfolio. This investment benefits from some of the strongest onshore wind resources in Europe and long-term, government-backed contracts.

Pumped Storage

We own and operate a 600 megawatt pumped storage facility in Massachusetts, one of only two of its kind in the New England region. Pumped storage assets act as the world’s largest “rechargeable batteries” and represent the most cost-effective way to store large amounts of potential electrical energy. They are able to produce electricity at peak times while replenishing themselves during periods of lower pricing and demand. Due to these unique attributes, hydro pumped storage facilities play an important role in the electrical grid.

Brookfield-CSR-BearSwamp
Pumped Storage, U.S.

The 600 megawatt Jack Cockwell hydroelectric pumped storage generating station on the Deerfield River in northern Massachusetts is one of only two of its kind in New England. The facility sells energy and capacity into wholesale markets, and plays an important role in providing flexibility and stability to the electrical grid.

Biomass

Our niche portfolio of four biomass facilities produces electricity from bagasse, a natural byproduct of sugarcane production.

Brookfield-Biomass
Biomass, Brazil

In 2015, we acquired from Energisa S.A. a 488-megawatt portfolio of renewable power in Brazil. The acquisition introduced wind and biomass assets to our South American portfolio, which had consisted exclusively of hydro generation facilities. It also diversified and expanded our operating capacity in Brazil, a long-term growth market for renewables where we have been active investors for more than 100 years.