Brazil energy min authorises two independent power producers
(ADPnews) - Dec 13, 2010 - Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy authorised two wind companies in northeastern Rio Grande do Norte state to become independent power producers (IPPs).
According to publications in the country's state gazette from today, Brasventos Eolo Geradora de Energia will install and explore the Rei dos Ventos I park, while Rei dos Ventos 3 Geradora de Energia will build and operate Rei dos Ventos III.
The parks, to be located in Galinhos, will each have 27 wind turbines, with a total installed capacity of 48.6 MW.
The first wind turbine of Rei dos Ventos I is seen to enter into commercial operation on May 30, 2011.
The first generation unit of Rei dos Ventos III is expected to come on stream on November 21, 2011.
Independent power producers are able to sell their surplus energy and distribute energy to large consumers, paying concessionaires for the use of transmission lines. The main difference between independent producers and concessionaires in Brazil is that the first operate at their own risk, mainly based on free competition, while the second are subject to specific public service rules, including participation in sharing obligations and advantages of the interconnected energy system.