Central Eolica Quixaba becomes independent energy producer in Brazil
(ADPnews) - Sep 24, 2010 - Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has allowed local wind energy firm Central Eolica Quixaba to start operating as an independent energy producer.
The company will install and operate a wind park in the Aracati municipality, northeastern Ceara state. The complex will comprise 12 wind turbines, totalling 25.2 MW in installed capacity. Its transmission system will consist of an elevating substation and a 69 kV transmission line, 33 km (20.5 miles) long.
Construction works are expected to start by June 1, 2011 and the plant is seen to be completely operational as of July 1, 2012.
Independent electricity 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 the independent producers and concessionaires in Brazil is that the first operate at their own risk, mainly based on free competition, and the second are subject to specific public service rules, including sharing obligations and advantages of the interconnected energy system.