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Wind Power News: Brazil


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 26, 2015 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Eight Impsa turbines blown down in Brazil

Investigations are ongoing at utility Eletrobras’s 46MW Cerro Chato IV-VI wind complex in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul following the collapse of eight Impsa turbines. he incident was caused by a freak storm hitting Santana do Livramento district on the afternoon of 22 December, with gusts reaching 250 kilometres per hour, according to an Eletrosul press statement, which appears to be its only public comment on the incident. Neither Impsa nor Electrobras would respond to questions from . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2014 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Ventania derruba torre de energia eólica em Santana do Livramento, RS

 O temporal que atingiu o Rio Grande do Sul na tarde de sábado (20) e madrugada de domingo (21) deixou um rastro de destruição em várias regiões do estado. Em Santana do Livramento, na fronteira com o Uruguai, as rajadas de vento foram tão fortes que derrubaram oito torres de energia eólica do parque da Eletrosul. Ninguém ficou ferido. Segundo a Defesa Civil de Santana do Livramento, as rajadas de vento ultrapassaram os 120 km/h no município. Em Porto . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2014 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Forte tempestade derruba 8 aerogeradores em parque eólico no Rio Grande do Sul

[A storm that hit Rio Grande Do Sul with winds up to 250 km/h downed eight wind turbines at the Eletrosul Cerro Chato wind energy facility.] Uma tempestade que atingiu o Rio Grande do Sul com ventos de de 250 km/h – segundo dados dos institutos de meteorologia da região – na noite do último sábado (20/12) derrubou oito turbinas eólicas no Complexo Eólico Cerro Chato da Eletrosul, em Santana do Livramento, cidade a 492 quilômetros de Porto Alegre. Em . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2014 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Bankruptcy decision reversed for Impsa subsidiary

A Brazilian court has reversed the bankruptcy of Wind Power Energy SA (WPE), a subsidiary of Argentinian power firm Impsa, imposed last week due to the apparent failure to pay money it owed. The court of Pernambuco state had previously declared the company bankrupt after two Brazilian firms, Libra Terminal Valongo and Libra Terminais, claimed an unpaid debt owed to them of BRL 10.6 million ($4.7 million). However, Impsa said that the reversal of the judgment was made because there . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2014 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Impsa subsidiary declared bankrupt by Brazilian court

Impsa subsidiary Wind Power Energy has been declared bankrupt by a Brazilian court following claims by two companies that the manufacturer had failed to pay its debts. The subsidiary of the Argentinian power firm Impsa, which has installed around 30% of Brazil’s turbines, was declared bankrupt by a court of the Pernambuco state after two Brazilian companies claimed an unpaid debt owed to them of BR 10.6 million ($4.7 million). Judge Rafael Jose de Menezes, based in Recife, capital of . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2013 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Brazil approves 377 wind farms

Brazilian government energy agency EPE has approved 377 wind projects with a combined installed capacity of 8.999GW. The projects are offered 20-year contracts with delivery starting on January 2015 and a ceiling price of BRL 117/MWh ($50/MWh). The initial price of energy will be R$117.00/MWh. They cover eight states (Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte and Rio Grande do Sul) with Bahia running 123 schemes and 2.92GW, Rio Grande do Sul with 94 schemes and 2.006GW . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2013 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Brazil wind-farm rule on power cables may scuttle some projects

A new rule that requires Brazil wind-energy companies to shoulder the costs for transmission lines may scuttle some projects and reduce participation in government-organized power auctions, developers said. The country’s power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica announced yesterday that developers participating in auctions for contracts to sell electricity from wind farms will also have to connect the power plants to the grid, a job that’s currently handled by utilities. Installing transmission lines may boost project costs by about 10 . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2013 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Brazil wind developers may be required to build new power lines

Wind-farm developers in Brazil may be required to assume the costs of connecting their power projects to the grid as the nation seeks to avoid further delays in constructing new transmission lines. A proposed rule will affect developers that win new contracts to sell energy in so-called A-3 government-organized auctions for power projects, Andre Pepitone da Nobrega, director of the country’s power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica, said today at a conference in Sao Paulo. Brazil is shifting the . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2012 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

BNDES shuts $3.5 billion wind market to five companies

Five of the biggest wind-turbine makers have been shut out of Brazil’s $3.5 billion market by the national development bank BNDES after failing to meet local- content requirements. Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL), Siemens AG (SIE), Acciona SA (ANA) and Fuhrlaender AG aren’t getting at least 40 percent of their parts from local suppliers and are no longer eligible for BNDES financing, the country’s only source of loans for turbines, said Elbia Melo, executive president of . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2012 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Dune-buggy fears halt work at Tractebel wind farm in Brazil

Utility Tractebel Energia has been told to stop work on a wind-farm project in Brazil – partly on the grounds that it would harm the trade in dune-buggy rentals to tourists. A judge ordered an immediate halt to construction of the 25MW Trairi wind farm on a “sunset dune” site in Flecheiras, Ceará state, after backing a lawsuit claiming it would damage a natural asset and the local economy. The lawsuit is the latest escalation of an increasingly aggressive campaign . . . Complete story »

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