With the Brazilian government poised to restart tendering in December after a two-year hiatus, the country’s wind industry has plenty of grounds for optimism if it can align its strategy with a changing policy landscape.
That was a key conclusion of the Brazil Windpower Thought Leaders Roundtable, organised by Recharge and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) in Rio de Janeiro to coincide with the Brazil Windpower 2017 industry event.
The third annual Roundtable was sponsored by Enercon, Brazil’s WEG, Vestas and LM Wind Power. More than 40 delegates convened at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, overlooking the picturesque Guanabara Bay, for an in-depth analysis of how the wind industry can blaze a trail forward.
The focus of the Roundtable was a panel of industry leaders: Luiz Barroso, the Brazilian government’s top energy planner, and president of the federal energy planning authority EPE; Fernando Real, the CEO of Wobben Windpower, Enercon’s Brazilian unit; Joao Paulo Gualberto Silva, the director of wind and solar power at Brazilian OEM WEG; Morten Dyrholm, the chairman of the board at GWEC; and Márcio Cepeda strategy and new business manager at Votorantim Energia, the energy arm of industrial group Votorantim.