29 Aug '11, 12pm

How Did Wind Beat the Price of Natural Gas in Brazil?

How Did Wind Beat the Price of Natural Gas in Brazil?

In December 2009, the price of wind in Brazil -- derived in Ministry of Energy-supervised, regulated market auctions -- was 148 Reals ($91.93) per megawatt-hour. By December of the following year, the competitive price had fallen to 130 Reals ($80.75) per megawatt-hour. At that time, the Ministry revised its 2005 projection from a 2030 installed capacity of 5,000 megawatts to a 2020 installed capacity of 11,000 megawatts. This summer’s National Electric Power Agency (ANEEL) auction saw wind’s price drop to 99.5 Reals ($61.79) per megawatt-hour. The best price for natural gas -generated electricity in the same auction was 103 Reals ($63.98) per megawatt-hour, an economy-turning event for a country that is one of the world’s major oil and gas producers. The most recent auction resulted in contracts for 78 new wind projects in Brazil, representing 1,928 megawatts of new capac...

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