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Wind power deployment in Brazil is set to exceed 5,000MW by 2013, a five-fold increase from the current installed capacity, according to a study undertaken by the Global Wind Energy Council in cooperation with the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica), with support from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

Brazil currently has 1,120MW of installed wind power capacity in 55 wind farms, mostly located in the eastern coastal states of the country. In addition, several energy auctions held since 2009 have added 5,175MW of projects contracted by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, which would bring to country’s wind power installations up to more than 7,200MW by 2014 and attract more than US$ 12 billion in investment. The study ‘Analysis of the regulatory framework for wind power generation in Brazil’ evaluates the effects of the regulatory approaches to date, analyses the market and the industry, pinpoints remaining obstacles and challenges, and provides recommendations for legislative improvements. These recommendations include key issues such as the need for long-term targets and a specific policy framework for wind power, a tax regime to incentivise investment, grid access for wind farms, an upgrade of the power infrastructure and efficient administrative procedures for environmental impact assessment.
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