Brazil Goes Up in Wind Energy Rankings
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Wind is blowing stronger in Brazil. The South American country climbed up to number four in the 2014 wind energy global ranking. It has also gone up five positions in the global ranking of installed capacity, from 15 in 2013 to 10 in 2014. The data was presented in a report compiled by the country's Mines and Energy Ministry.
In terms of efficiency, Brazil leads the global race with a capacity factor of 37 percent, which is 50 percent more than the global average. The report says the results are likely to improve in the next few years thanks to initiatives that were launched in 2015 to boost efficiency. These are related to material technological advances and the size of wind farms.
Brazil has auctioned off 16.6GW. Of this total, 6.9GW were already in operation in November 2015 while 3.6GW are under construction and another 6.2GW in preparation.
The northeastern state of Ceará is where wind power concentrates in Brazil, with 30.9% of the total. It is followed by the states of Rio Grande Norte (30.8%) and Bahia (15.4%). In Ceará alone the installed generation capacity in 2014 was 43.5%.
The Brazilian governments estimates its wind capacity will reach 24 GW by 2024, according to an expansion plan it has implemented (PDE 2024). Wind power will account for 45% of the energy generated for the northeastern region (21GW). It is estimated that the region, blessed with abundant sunlight and wind, will become an exporter of wind energy in the next 10 years.
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