Webcast on Wind: Doing Business In … Brazil (13 June 2017, 15h CEST)

Join Elbia Gannoum, CEO of ABEEolica (Brazilian Wind Association), and Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of Global Wind Energy Council, for our ‘Doing Business In ... Brazil’ webcast on Tuesday 13 June at 15h CEST.

Brazil is ranked 9th globally in terms of installed wind capacity. During 2016, it reached the 10 GW milestone, installing 2 GW during the course of the year, and bringing the total installed wind capacity to 10.74 GW, representing around a 7% share in the energy matrix.

Although the Brazilian wind market continues to grow, it is facing an important challenge as the country is going through an economic crisis, causing a reduction in demand. For the first time since wind energy started being included in auctions, there were no auctions at all for this source during 2016.

During this webcast, Steve will provide an update on the global wind markets.  Elbia will provide an overview of the status of the Brazilian market and will talk about what challenges lay ahead for the wind sector.

The audience will hear about:

  • challenges in demand and the upcoming auctions
  • the financing landscape
  • transmission development

About the speakers


Steve Sawyer
Secretary General , GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council).

Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General of GWEC, has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations such as the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA, IFC and ADB to ensure that wind power takes its rightful place in the energy options for the future; and with opening up new markets for the industry worldwide.

Lauro Fiuza Jr.
Chairman of ABEEólica (Brazilian Wind Energy Association)

Lauro Fiuza Junior has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering  at Universidade Federal do Ceará ( 1965-1969 ) and an extension course in OPM Program at Harvard Business School ( 1996-1998 ). He also attended the annual WPO ( World President Organization ) Program at Harvard Business School ( 2000-2016 ).

Lauro founded Grupo Servtec in 1969 and is currently Chairman of the Board..  Servtec,  one of the pionneers  of wind power generation in Brazil, has developped several wind power plants, as well as thermal power plants, totalling 1 GW approximately. He was one of the founders and second President of ABEEOLICA ( Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica and current Chairman of the Board. For two decades, Lauro was President of the WPO- Brazilian Chapter ( World President Organization ). He has held several positions in Business organisations such as CIC ( Centro Industrial do Ceará ), a member of International Business Commission in the Ministry or Foreign Affairs  and a member of the Industry Productivity Commission in Ministry of Industry  and Commerce.

Married to Beatriz for 45 years, Lauro has  three children ( Lauro, Pedro and Beatriz ) and five grandchidren ( Isabela, Sabrina , Sofia , Gabriel and Davi )

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