Webcast on Wind: ‘Doing Business In … Brazil’ (21 June 2018, 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 Thursday 21 June at 15h CEST.

Brazil is ranked 8th globally in terms of installed wind capacity. Over 2 GW of wind energy was added in 2017, across 79 new wind farms. This brought the total at the end of 2017 to 12.77 GW of installed capacity across 508 wind farms, or 8.1% of the nation’s energy grid. As of June 2018, Brazil has more than 520 wind farms and more than 13 GW of installed wind capacity.

The A-4 and A-6 Auctions which were held in December 2017 contracted a total of 1.45 GW of wind energy, representing an investment of more than US$ 2.5 billion. US$ 3.57 billion were invested in wind power in 2017 in Brazil which represented 58% of the total invested in all renewable sources.

2017 was a good year for wind energy in Brazil, not only because of new facilities and increased generation, but also because of the resumption of the auctions. Since the industry had faced two years without an auction, there was a significant idle capacity in the industry. So the contracts signed in December were essential to ensuring the survival of the entire supply chain, which is critical given that 80% of the chain is supplied domestically, creating additional jobs and income for Brazil.

During this webcast, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council, will provide an update on the global wind markets. Elbia Gannoum, CEO of the Brazilian Wind Energy Association, ABEEolica, 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
  • what to expect from the next auctions
  • the financing landscape and prices

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.

Elbia Gannoum
CEO of ABEEólica (Brazilian Wind Energy Association)

Economist, PhD - With an academic background, Elbia is specialized in Regulation and Electricity Markets, having written her Master and Doctoral Thesis on this subject, and has published over thirty articles about the electricity sector. She has been working in the energy sector for more than 15 years. She has been the Executive President of ABEEÓLICA since September 2011.

She started her career as Advisor at ANEEL (2000), and worked in the Ministry of Finance (2001-2002), Ministry of Mines and Energy (2003-2006). She was a Member of the Board of CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (Electrical Energy Chamber of Commerce) from June 2006 to April 2011.

In 2014, Elbia was elected by Recharge’s Renewable Thought Leaders Club, as one of the most influential professionals in the global scenario of renewable energy.

Register here for the webcast.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.