Thursday, 15 December 2011

Global Investment in Renewable Energy: Brazil

Brazil is next on our list our list after ChinaUSA, and Italy.

Brazil has received acclaim in recent decades as a country of clean energy, with sources like hydroelectric power and biomass playing a major role in the country’s energy sector. The addition of these sources of alternative energy have been made possible thanks to research conducted by various social players and to the government’s adoption of the systems proposed. 

According to data from the Energy Research Company  [Empresa de Pesquisa Energética] (EPE), 90% of the electrical energy generated in Brazil in 2009 came from renewable sources, primarily water (83.7%), biomass (5.9%) and wind (0.3%).


Here are some of Brazil’s energy plans:
Brazil’s diverse energy sector
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National Climate Change Plan (PNMC) – Focuses on reducing forestation and also increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

National Energy Efficiency Plan (PNEf) – focuses on improving the sustainability of the energy sector, introducing more renewable energy into the national grid, reducing grid losses and improving energy efficiency criteria.

The National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL) – Saved nearly 70TWh in 2010 and a total of 100TWh in energy savings are expected in 2011.


Approximately twenty million Brazilians living in remote communities do not have access to reliable electrical power.

The Government of Brazil considers universal access to safe, affordable energy a central component in its fight against inequality and rural poverty.

Renewable Energy Availability

·         Brazil is the world’s second largest hydroelectricity producer after China, with a production of 390 terawatt-hours in 2009.
·         In 2009, Brazil had 660 megawatts of installed wind capacity. Brazil has a potential for wind power of 143 gigawatts.
Brazil is the world's second largest ethanol producer.

Stay tuned for more countries coming up!

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Sources: ReegleGeniSugarcaneReegle,Global Voices Online, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and United Nations Environment Programme (2011)