License prices cut for wind projects in Rio Grande do Sul - report
Wind farm in Rio Grande do Sul. Author: Alexandre Pereira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
The Environmental Protection Agency (Fepam) in Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, increased to 70% the discount on the preliminary license cost for wind projects.
Fepam also raised to 50% the discount for the license needed to start installation, local paper Jornal do Comercio said Wednesday. There is no change to the start-of-operation licensing cost.
The new rules came into effect at the end of October and will be valid for two years.
Before the change, wind projects in Rio Grande do Sul faced licensing costs of up to BRL 1 million (USD 283,415/EUR 242,070) in each stage - preliminary license, installation and operation. The average is about BRL 300,000. This was served as an obstacle for some wind developers, especially for entrepreneurs in the preliminary license stage, said Fepam's president Ana Pellini, as quoted by Jornal do Comercio.
She also wants to change the current model that Fepam uses to set prices for licenses, as well as to reduce the time required for the licensing, from 12 to six months.