Brazil's Ceara state has 300 wind projects totalling 4 GW put on hold, awaiting the necessary infrastructure to be built, daily newspaper Diario Nordeste said on Sunday.
All of these projects are already registered with the state-owned energy firm Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE). They will require a total investment of almost BRL 20 billion (USD 6.2bn/EUR 5.7bn), said Renato Rolim, secretary of Ceara's Secretary for Energy, Mining and Telecommunications, as quoted by the paper.
According to the secretary, the state hopes to enable the jammed schemes within two years, whilst the federal government invests some BRL 17 billion over the next five years to build new transmission lines and bolster existing substations.
The funds are part of the Transmission Expansion Programme (PET).