Such are the positive market perspectives in Brazil that local wind power developer Enerbras has expanded initial plans for a 6.6 MW wind farm in Ceará in the north to 10 MW. It anticipates that it can sell the additional output on the spot market, while supplying 17.5 GWh a year to utility Coelce from the 6.6 MW, says Viera de Castro, president of the largest shareholder in Enerbras, Portugal's Enervento, which owns 20% by of Enerbras. Construction started in June on the 10 MW plant and is scheduled to take 18 months. Meantime, Enerbras is measuring wind in Piauí state for a further 10 MW plant to supply the utility Cepisa. It is also involved in a number of other projects throughout Brazil that are still at preliminary development stages, De Castro adds. A new wind power decree and an acute power shortage in Brazil is driving the market activity (page 30). Enervento director Aurelio Tavares says Coelce will buy the power at $29.6/MWh and is deciding on a turbine supplier, according to newspaper O Povo. "We need to wait for a definition from the government on the reduction of or exemption from import taxes to bring in materials from abroad," he says.
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