Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque on Tuesday warned that the country’s energy crisis was worse than previously thought, as a record drought hampers hydropower generation. In a televised national address preempting the nightly news, Albuquerque said that the crisis had deepened. Water reserves at hydropower plants have already fallen to their lowest level in 91 years of records. “Today I return to inform you that our hydroenergy conditions have worsened,” Albuquerque said. “The rainy season in the south was worse than expected. As a result, the reservoirs of our hydroelectric power plants in the southeast and midwest suffered a greater reduction than expected.” He said that as a result of the drought, Brazil had lost hydropower output equal to the energy […]