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Brazil Expands Utility-Scale Electric Grid with 22 Gigawatts of Renewables in Two Years: EIC Report

Brazil Expands Utility-Scale Electric Grid with 22 Gigawatts of Renewables in Two Years: EIC Report

Energy Industries Council report highlights significant growth in onshore wind and solar PV capacity across key states


London, 1 July 2024 — Brazil’s power sector has added 22 gigawatts of clean energy to its utility-scale electric grid over the past two years, according to a new report released by the Energy Industries Council (EIC), the world leading trade association for the energy supply chain.

This expansion has boosted Brazil's overall generating capacity to nearly 204GW, with renewable sources accounting for 171.8GW, according to the report titled “Brazil Operational Renewables”. Key contributors to this growth include the onshore wind and centralised solar PV sectors, which together added over 18.5GW of new capacity.

The states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, and Minas Gerais led the charge, each incorporating over 3GW of new capacity, predominantly from wind and solar projects, the report shows. The northeastern states of Piauí and Pernambuco also made contributions with combined additions of 3.7GW from wind and solar sources, according to the report.

The report sheds light on Brazil's long-standing energy diversification policies, which have facilitated the growth of the power sector. The awarding of multiple long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) in both the Regulated Contracting Environment (ACR) and the Free Contracting Environment (ACL) has further stimulated this expansion.

The report states: “The onshore wind and solar PV industries have greatly benefitted from a long-lasting national energy diversification policy aimed to redistribute some of the traditional role of preponderance of the hydropower sector by, for instance, subsidising costs associated to the installation of onshore wind farms and solar photovoltaic parks in the country.”

Despite the progress in renewable energy, hydropower remains the dominant force in Brazil's electric grid. However, the country continues to rely on conventional power sources for stability during periods of water shortage and peak demand, according to the report.

The EIC report also pointed to the ongoing regulatory developments, such as the National Low Carbon Hydrogen Policy and potential future investments in offshore wind projects, which could drive further growth and innovation in Brazil's renewable energy landscape.

"The rapid growth in Brazil's renewable energy capacity is a telltale of the country's commitment to diversifying its energy mix and reducing its reliance on hydropower," said Lucas Ramos, EIC Energy Analyst O&G, Americas. "Our findings show that strategic investments and supportive policies have been pivotal in accelerating the development of renewables sector."

For more details, please refer to the full report available from the EIC: https://www.the-eic.com/MediaCentre/Publications/Reports

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Published: 01-07-2024

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