Anglo American signs the largest corporate renewable energy contract in Brazil

A Anglo American firmou contrato para a compra de parte da energia gerada nas usinas eólicas que estão sendo construídas pelo grupo Casa dos Ventos no Nordeste. “O acordo, que tem prazo de 20 anos a partir de 2022, será responsável pelo fornecimento de cerca de 30% de toda a energia consumida pelas plantas da mineradora no país”, afirma a Casa dos Ventos.

O acordo estabelece 95 MW médios em eletricidade. O maior volume em contratos privados entre grandes consumidores de energia e geradores no Brasil, declara em nota a Casa dos Ventos.

“Temos orgulho em anunciar a assinatura do maior contrato corporativo de energia renovável já celebrado no país: forneceremos 95 MW médios de energia do nosso projeto Rio do Vento para as operações da Brasil – Anglo American no país. Com essa parceria, garantimos que a empresa diminui seu custo de energia, ao passo que reduz sua pegada de carbono e cumpre suas metas de sustentabilidade”, diz a Casa dos Ventos.

Segundo registros do ONS – Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico, a região Nordeste do Brasil atingiu em junho de 2020 a geração instantânea de 10 mil MW de energia eólica. O recorde até então era de 9.755 MW, em 12 de novembro de 2019.

What are renewable energies? 

A definition of what is considered renewable may vary for each company. Considering that a large part of the renewable electricity generated in Brazil comes from large hydroelectric plants, which require extensive transmission lines to transport energy and a large area of reservoirs, some corporations and developers use the term “renewable” to refer only to non-conventional renewable energies, such as wind, solar, biomass, solid waste and small hydropower.

What is PPA?

The PPA is an electricity contract, similar to a regular contract in the free market. These agreements are signed between the buyer and the project developer. Negotiated conditions include prices, volume, energy delivery period, guarantees/insurance, etc.

PPAs with corporate buyers often relate to new or expanding renewable energy projects. That is, undertakings that will be financed based on contract revenues. Given the requirements for financing large infrastructure projects, the general term of a PPA is 8 to 20 years.

Quer saber mais sobre PPA? Confira o guia Why is Corporate Purchasing of Renewable Energy a good deal? The paper provides an overview of the use of corporate renewable energy PPAs, focusing primarily on the opportunities they present for companies in Brazil.

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