Brazil Wind Bids Set to Outnumber Hydro to Gas in Auction

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — Wind will be the dominant energy
source at Brazil’s next power-generation auction with developers
contributing 70 percent of all projects, more than proposals
from hydro dams to natural gas-fired plants.

A total of 14.2 gigawatts of planned wind-generated
capacity from 577 projects qualified for the Nov. 28 event, the
most of any energy source, Brazil’s energy research agency
Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica said today in an e-mailed
statement. That’s out of 821 submissions for a combined 29.2
gigawatts that also included solar, hydroelectric, biomass, gas
and coal plants.

Solar developers qualified for 179 projects to generate a
combined 4.87 gigawatts, while biomass plants will participate
with 21 projects for 1.35 gigawatts.

Proposals for thermoelectric units fueled by gas or coal
qualified to bid for 8 gigawatts of generation, while
hydroelectric dams qualified for 830 megawatts.

The event, known as A-5, is for power from new projects
scheduled to start operating by January 2019.

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Carlos Caminada, Jim Efstathiou Jr.

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