The president of Brazil’s wind power association, Abeeolica, Elbia Melo, is upbeat about this year, despite 2012 being relatively flat in terms of contracting wind power projects, Canal Energia reports.

According to Melo, there are a number of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the industry.

For example, the government has already announced it will hold the traditional A-3 and A-5 power tenders, which include wind power ventures

Most importantly, the auctions are expected to offer higher ceiling prices for wind energy than the current one – set at $ 57.31/MWh, which Melo says is considered too low.

Furthermore, in the short term, the government is expected to tender only wind projects that have a guaranteed transmission link-up to prevent installation delays.

According to Melo, in 2012 at least 622 MW of installed wind power did not enter into service because of delays in the construction of the required transmission lines.

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