Legislative framework for wind power in Brazil

Background

Given the rapid growth in electricity demand in Brazil there is tremendous potential for wind power to become the main complement to the existing large hydropower infrastructure in Brazil. Brazil has an existing RE regulatory framework (PROINFA) but this has been identified as ineffective for wind technology.

Purpose

To develop a long term and stable legal framework for wind power in Brazil, seeking a wide spread of the technology, and creating the conditions for building a manufacturing, deployment and service industry in the country.

Main Activities

  • Prepare a comprehensive study on optimising the policy framework for on-grid renewables deployment in Brazil
  • Take into consideration  the successful planning and regulatory experience of the principal EU wind power markets as well as the US and China, and adapting it to Brazilian conditions
  • Hold a series of seminars to get local input and bring international experience from the industry and regulators to Brazil
  • Cooperate closely with the leading legislators in both houses of the Brazilian Congress  to build a political consensus on the way forward
  • facilitate passage of new legislation within the timeframe of the project, which meets government approval

Expected Impact

  • Final adoption of legislation providing an effective, stable regulatory environment for wind power in Brazil.
  • Avoidance of the need to build thousands of megawatts of new thermal generating plant and avoid the addition of many tens of millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere over the coming decade.
  • The study on optimising the policy framework becomes a template for similar ones in other countries.

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Project Information

Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Policy&Regulation)

Stage of project: 

Completed

Location: 

BR/Brazil

Duration: 

2009 - 2011

Budget: 

€ 126,000 including co-funding from Global Wind Energy Council

Implementing agency: 

Global Wind Energy Council

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