Brazil Wind Energy Conference (BWEC) 2013

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BWEC 2014 takes place in May 2014.





The second Brazil Wind Energy Conference, BWEC 2013, builds upon the themes explored during BWEC 2012. BWEC 2013 will focus once again on the themes of finance and investment for the wind industry (both project investment and investment in equipment manufacturing). This year the brief of the conference will extend beyond the Brazilian borders to address the wind market throughout Latin America - with a particular focus on Brazil's potential role as a manufacturing hub for the region. A key issue to be addressed at the conference will be the challenge to break the production bottlenecks which are currently plaguing the industry.

Confirmed speakers include:


Jacques WagnerJacques Wagner - Governor of the State of Bahia

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

Laura Porto - Country Manager, Iberdrola Renováveis do Brasil and Managing Director of Força Eólica do Brasil

Pedro Pileggi - CFO, Renova Energia

James Silva Santos James Silva Santos Correia - Secreatry of Industry, Commerce and Mining, State of Bahia

Elbia MelloElbia Melo - President, Abeeolica (the Brazilian Wind Energy Association)

Everaldo FeitosaEveraldo Feitosa - President, Eolica Technologia

Marcos Costa - President, Alstom Brazil

Sergio GabrielliJosé Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo - Secretary of Planning, State of Bahia (former Petrobras President)

Roberto Veiga – Director, ABIMAQ

The themes of the conference sessions at BWEC 2013, a two day event to be held in São Paulo on 27-28 May 2013, will include:

  • Brazil's renewable energy mix: BWEC 2013 will be co-located with Brazil Solar Energy Conference, BSEC 2013, and delegates and speakers for both events will join together for half a day to discuss the role of wind and solar energy, alongside other forms of renewable energy including biomass and hydro power, in the context of the Brazilian market.
  • Breaking the Bottlenecks: The Brazilian wind power industry is growing rapidly, underpinned in part by attractive financing rates available from development bank BNDES for projects which use locally manufactured equipment. The challenge remains to ramp up domestic production of wind turbines and related equipment quickly enough to meet the growing demand. Internationally, wind equipment makers have excess production capacity and many might prefer to export equipment manufactured by factories in their home nations to Brazil, rather than to establish new facilities. However, many major players have committed to building a manufacturing presence in Brazil. The questions remain: how quickly will these newcomers be established and producing equipment? - and how quickly can a supply chain industry become established in the country? This session will assess the progress in building a wind power manufacturing industry in Brazil and the ideal location(s) for manufacturing. It will also review alternative funding options from international financing bodies or non Brazilian national banks.
  • Addressing the Risks: In contrast to markets such as the US or many European countries, the Brazilian wind energy market is growing strongly without the support of subsidies from the Government. However, many project developers remain heavily dependent upon debt financing from BNDES, the national development bank. As private sector lenders enter the market, tough analysis of the risk profile of wind power projects will increasingly be applied. This session will identify the financial risks inherent in wind projects generally, the specific risks which apply to the Brazilian market - and will focus on the steps a developer - or investor - needs to take to mitigate the risks in this industry.
  • Powering Latin America's Wind Industry: This session will review the state of the wind industry throughout Latin America and will assess the potential for Brazil to lead the growth of wind power in the region and become a manufacturing hub. It will also review power trading within Latin America - and will assess the competitive strengths and weaknesses of the Brazilian energy market in the context of the broader Latin American energy market - and the associated implications for wind power throughout the region. Scope for co-operation and collaboration between the players in the various Latin American wind energy markets will be explored.
  • Small wind: the introduction of new legislation permitting net metering for wind projects of below 1 MW is set to create a market for distributed generation of wind energy in Brazil. A half day session during BWEC 2013, on day 2, will focus on the potential for small wind energy (both generation and manufacturing of equipment). A complementary half day session on small scale solar energy in Brazil will also take place on day 2 of BSEC 2013. These sessions combine to form part of Brazil Small Renewables Day (BSRD 2013). Delegate may register for BSRD 2013 only at a reduced cost.