(PN) Neoenergia and the Government of Rio Grande do Norte signed a memorandum of understanding to develop studies for the production of offshore wind generation in the coastal region of the state. The agreement also includes mutual cooperation and exchange actions that involve socioeconomic, environmental, technical and regulatory aspects. . The ceremony was attended by Neoenergia’s director of Hydraulics and Offshore, Marcelo Lopes, and the governor of Rio Grande do Norte, Fátima Bezerra.
“This is another partnership that is aligned with Neoenergia’s strategy. We are protagonists of the energy transition in Brazil. We believe that new business opportunities are guided by decarbonization, innovation and development of new technologies to generate clean, safe and reliable energy”, stated Marcelo Lopes.
The Neoenergia executive argued that the first step towards the growth of the offshore wind energy market in Brazil is the definition of a regulatory framework for the new segment: “This is fundamental for the development of the industrial chain with added value and the valorization of socio -environmental attributes of the source. We also consider that the milestone will be important for legal-regulatory security and predictability for investors,” he added. The governor of Rio Grande do Norte, Fátima Bezerra, stated that the signing of the memorandum of understanding with Neoenergia is part of a sequence of conversations and meetings with the company: “It has always been our intention to keep Rio Grande do Norte in the Brazilian leadership in the production of clean energy, and this will happen through mutual interests, as, for example, what the Neoenergia Group has demonstrated through the exchange of information and technical missions involving Neoenergia teams and those from the State Government. Therefore, this memorandum will be very important for us to continue these conversations, especially for the development of offshore projects, in addition to logistical support for port infrastructure.”
This is the fourth signing of a memorandum of understanding carried out by Neoenergia for the development of offshore wind generation in the country. The company is conducting studies to evaluate the feasibility of developing offshore wind projects in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Ceará. “This is another partnership that is aligned with Neoenergia’s strategy. We are protagonists of the energy transition in Brazil. We believe that new business opportunities are guided by decarbonization, innovation and development of new technologies to generate clean, safe and reliable energy”, stated Marcelo Lopes.
Currently, the company has three onshore wind farms in the state: Mel, Arizona and Rio do Fogo, which came into operation in 2006. Through Neoenergia Cosern, the company serves approximately 1.5 million customers in the distribution segment. Neoenergia currently has 5.2 GW of installed generation capacity, 90% of which is renewable energy, and is implementing a further 0.2 GW with the completion of onshore wind farms.