Details emerge on Brazil’s wind energy auction

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - Brazil's federal energy regulatory agency Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) established acceptable maximum bids for the reserve energy auction that will be held exclusively for wind power projects on December 18. The auction will be price-descending, then contracts will be awarded to participants offering the minimum price per megawatt-hour (MWh).

The top bid was fixed at $109 per MWh, which is certainly lower than the $115 to $126 originally expected, and far behind the average $155 per MWh currently being received by windfarms built and operated under the Program for the Promotion of Alternative Sources of Energy.

Analysts pointed out that this low bid will keep small generation facilities away from the auction.

Others indicated that it will only benefit medium and large production facilities with a steady and favorable wind flow that use the latest wind technologies.

ANEEL also announced that all winning projects can be put under the frame of the Special Program of Incentives for the Development of Infrastructure, which requires prior approval from ANEEL itself.

In regard to the development of wind power generation in Brazil, General Electric Company announced that it invested an estimated $83.62 million in the modernization of its industrial facility in Campinas, in the east of S√£o Paulo state.

GE aims to achieve complete manufacture of its 1.5-MW wind turbines as a means to overcome the preference that the Brazilian government has given to national manufacturers or international companies with manufacturing operations being carried out within the country. It will also give GE the possibility to be included on the list of wind turbine producers whose equipment can be acquired through the different credit lines issued by the National Bank of Economic and Social Development.

At the same time, this expansion could make the GE manufacturing facility in Brazil an important center that the company could use as a base of operations in its export strategy to other Latin American countries.


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