Brazilian Wind Turbines

September 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

*These babies ought to be the very symbols of BRIC futurity…. except that one does wonder about the potential impact of unexpected giant storms off the placid and dependable coast of Brazil.

*Hydropower’s very clean, and nobody expected the rivers to dry up, either. A lot of power systems, including nuclear water-cooling, are predicated on the existence of a stable climate that we no longer have.



“Renewable energy is well established in Brazil. About 90 percent of Brazil’s electricity is produced through hydroelectric dams, and Brazil is the world’s second-largest producer of hydropower, behind China.

“But drastically reduced rainfall and drought in the dry season occasionally renders hydropower ineffective. In the past, drought has forced the Brazilian government to impose energy quotas to conserve energy. To ensure the abundance of electricity, Brazil has been ramping up wind installations. Today, the country is one of the world’s most promising markets for onshore wind energy. By 2020, it is expected that Brazil’s installed wind capacity will exceed 15 GW.

“In 2011, half of all new wind power projects in Central and South America were in Brazil, and wind is the country’s fastest growing source of new power generation.

“Brazil also has a unique method to develop new energy projects. Called a reverse auction system, the government auctions off power projects to the developers that can do it for the lowest possible price.

“It’s an extremely competitive and efficient market,” says Thirer. “They are getting their wind power at a low price, which makes it more important to have the right product. There is no wiggle room for messing up.” (((Well….)))

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