Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state's secretariat for energy, naval industry and oil has signed an agreement with Spanish wind power developer Gamesa Energia to map wind resources in the state. The studies will cover the whole state of Rio de Janeiro, but focus principally on the Norte Fluminense and Regiao dos Lagos areas where a future wind farm could be installed. Rio state currently imports 60% of its power. If wind studies lead to generation activities, Rio could not only reduce that percentage, but shipyards in the state could start production and assembly of wind power equipment, the state government announced. "The state government is supporting this idea as it is a renewable energy that has great future potential because of its positive environmental aspect," says energy secretary Wagner Victer. "Concessionaires Light, Cerj and CENF could in the future buy the energy produced, apart from assisting in the technical feasibility studies," he adds.
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