Wind energy from the sea: Brazilian government sets rules for wind farm installation

The issuing of a decree should expedite the progress of wind power generation projects that currently amount to over 40,000 megawatts of energy and undergoing environmental assessment by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This volume of energy is equivalent to the total potential of virtually four Belo Monte hydroelectric plants, the largest Brazilian power plant.

Through Decree 10,946, issued on Wednesday, January 25, by the Ministry of Mines and Energy in an extra edition of the Federal Gazette, rules were established for energy exploration from offshore winds, a practice explored in several European countries, but that was still awaiting regulations in Brazil.

The text establishes the use in Brazilian waters, in the territorial sea, in the exclusive economic zone, and on the continental shelf, for the generation of . . .

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