IN DEPTH: Brazil's grid logjam

Maurício Tolmasquim says this is the first step in developing a dynamic solar market

Maurício Tolmasquim

By the end of this year, 1.4GW of Brazilian wind farms will be operational but not connected to the grid.

It is a surreal state of affairs.

The notoriously long delays in building the shared substations and transmission lines for new wind capacity — the “installations for shared connection of generators”, or ICGs — have damaged the interests of consumers in a way that goes beyond the R$600m ($256m) paid out in compensation so far to developers that have delivered projects on time.

With the failure of this model of shared transmission infrastructure, the government decided that for future auctions, the grid access risks will be assumed by the developer. That increases the Log in to read complete article.

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