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The Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will hold the first wind energy auction on November 25th, 2009, as part of the ongoing Program of Incentives for Alternative Electricity Sources (PROINFA), a government program that aims to promote the use of renewable technologies in the production of electricity.
The Ministry set out the requisites for new electricity generation projects participating in the auction in Administrative Act (Portaria) nş 211, published on May 28th, 2009. This act banned the use of imported wind turbines with nominal power up to 2,000kW by bidders participating in the auction.
This restriction was modified by MME Administrative Act nş 242 of June 25th, 2009, which stated that the use of imported turbines with nominal power under 1,500 kW were not allowed by bidders in the auction.
On June 18th, 2009, the Ministry of Trade increased import tariffs from zero to 14% on all wind turbines with capacity up to 3,300kVA, which corresponds to approximately 2.640kW (CAMEX Resolution nş 37, of June 18th, 2009). Turbines with capacity over 3,300kVA continue to face a zero tariff. The tariff measure includes a grace period for imports registered until December 21st, 2009. The Brazilian bound tariff for this product at WTO is 35%.
The affected trading partners are all countries producing wind-powered electric generating sets. In 2007, four countires were responsible for 94% of all wind turbine exports: Denmark (49.6%), Germany (28%), Japan (10.2%) and Spain (5.7%). (UN Comtrade)
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