January 19 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's wind power output has increased by 17.9% year-on-year to 4,468 average megawatts (MWa) in the first 16 days of 2018, according to preliminary figures released by the Power Trading Chamber (CCEE).
Wind power's share in the country's electricity generation mix rose to 7% from 5.8%, according data published by CCEE in the InfoMercado Semanal, the weekly bulletin for energy generation and consumption.
Among the other renewable sources, solar also grew in the first two weeks of the year, generating 226 MWa, up from 3 MWa, and biomass power generation inched up to 828 MWa from 799 MWa. Hydropower production, on the other hand, decreased 7.1% to 48,741 MWa.
Brazil's overall electricity generation went down in the first half of January by 3.3% year-on-year with 63,479 MWa delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN), CCEE noted.