Rio de Janeiro has hosted one of the largest wind power events in Latin America that from 1 to 3 September brought leading national and international sector agents together in the Brazilian city. This year’s edition of Brazil WindPower, organized by GWEC in collaboration with ABEEólica, Brazil’s Wind Power Association and Grupo Canal Energía, took place against a backdrop of huge optimism thanks to the excellent figures being achieved by this sector.
According to data from ABEEólica, installed wind power capacity in the country currently amounts to over 7 GW, distributed over 281 wind farms spanning 11 states, representing around 5% of Brazil’s energy mix. By the end of this year, 113 new wind farms will have been installed in Brazil, with a combined capacity of 2.7 GW, thus increasing the country’s total installed capacity to 9 GW.
During the first half of 2015, wind production in Brazil increased by 114% and in fact, according to ABEEólica data, in just one year, wind production in Brazil has gone from 1.4% of the total of the energy produced in the country to almost 5%. These are spectacular figures that should achieve 23% of total energy production in Brazil by 2023, the year in which installed capacity is forecast to reach 23 GW.
The high level of investments that are expected in the country will undoubtedly contribute to this achievement. Brazil was already the leading country in terms of investment in wind power in 2014. 2015 is expected to close with a total investment in the sector standing at US$2.1Bn that will have resulted in the creation of over 19,000 jobs. In the coming years, anticipated investments could amount to US$1.6Bn while the most optimistic estimates regarding job creation indicate that wind power could end up employing over 40,000 people country-wide.
FuturENERGY at Brazil WindPower 2015
For the third year running, ever since it was launched in 2013, FuturENERGY has taken part in Brazil WindPower with an extensive distribution among both exhibitors and visitors at the event. This year FuturENERGY presented issue no. 21 in Brazil, corresponding to June 2015, where the cover story focused on one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, Vestas, that was also present at this prestigious event.