Brazil's wind farms keep high productivity in Oct 2014
Alstom wind turbines in Brazil (c) Alstom
Dec 17, 2014 - Brazil's wind power plants produced 2,062 MW average (MWa) in October, with an average capacity factor of 49%, close to the record 50% registered in August, local energy clearing house CCEE said Tuesday.
Compared to October 2013, wind power output jumped 108.5%, while in the 10-month period through October it grew 77.8% versus the same period of 2013.
Brazil had 168 wind farms in commercial operation at the end of October, with an installed capacity of 4,205 MW. This includes 2,466 MW contracted at energy auctions for the regulated market, 775 MW supplying the free market and 965 MW contracted under the government's renewables programme Proinfa.
A total 2,024 MW of wind plants went into commercial operation between January and October, including 335 MW in the last month. The new farms are concentrated in the Northeast region where the capacity grew 129% to 3,322 MW compared to December 2013.
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