Government of State of Rio de Janeiro plans pilot project for offshore wind power generation

(epbr) The government of Rio de Janeiro announced its intention to develop a first pilot project for offshore wind power generation, to test the technical viability and development potential of large-scale projects. The work will be coordinated by the State Secretariat for Energy and Economy of the Sea.

“The pilot project is essential for evaluating, within a controlled environment, factors such as technological feasibility, cost reduction and the State’s potential for the development of large-scale projects”, said Secretary Hugo Leal

One of the objectives of the government of Rio de Janeiro is to collaborate with the legal framework under discussion in the National Congress. PL 576/2021, on offshore energy generation, is being processed by the Chamber of Deputies.

TotalEnergies signs memorandum

In May, TotalEnergies signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Rio de Janeiro for the development of offshore wind generation in the state. The agreement, which lasts for two years, involves studies related to fiscal and tax incentives and expansion for future projects.

The agreement was signed between Governor Cláudio Castro and Charles Fernandes, Executive Director of TotalEnergies EP Brasil and president of the brand in the country. The Secretary of State for Energy and Economy of the Sea, Hugo Leal, also participated.

According to the company, the greement is in line with the company’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and with its commitment to invest in the country for the long term.

Regulation and legal framework

The Bolsonaro government issued decrees and regulations for contracting offshore areas in 2022. Government sectors even tried to get the first auction off the ground, without success.

At the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), the auction is scheduled for 2024. In the Chamber, the bill 576/2021, approved in the Senate last year, is being processed. It is authored by the current president of Petrobras, Jean Paul Prates, a former senator from Rio Grande do Norte.

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