February 20 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy transmission company Terna SpA (BIT:TRN) announced on Tuesday it has commissioned a 230-kV transmission line in Brazil that will enable the integration of green power, mainly wind, produced in Rio Grande do Sul state.
The 158-km line, named Santa Maria 3 - Santo Angelo 2, was developed through Terna's local subsidiary Santa Maria Transmissora de Energia. It entered into operation two months ahead of the deadline set by Brazilian energy watchdog Aneel.
The Italian firm also has a second concession for a 500-kV, 350-km long power line in Mato Grosso state which is currently being constructed and should enter into operation in the first half of the year. Together, these two transmission lines represent investments of around EUR 160 million (USD 181.4m).
With renewables accounting for over 80% of the country's electricity and wind production having increased by 20% in 2018, Brazil is at the moment the largest Latin American energy market, the company noted.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.13)