Brazil transmission delays leave 622MW of wind stranded

A mere 274MW of capacity is operating out of the 1.8GW contracted at Brazil’s first wind tender in December 2009 — all of which was due to come on line this month.

Developers have been unable to connect 622MW — which is otherwise ready to start — to the grid, as transmission lines have not been completed. The remainder is still being built.

Some deadlines have been pushed back by the Brazilian electricity regulatory agency, Aneel, but developers of many projects may end up facing penalties for the delays.

Renova Energia, Dobrevê and CPFL will collect revenues for the 622MW they have built, as the developers are not at fault for the delay in building transmission lines. State utility Chesf is Log in to read complete article.

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