BILBAO, 27-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Iberdrola, through its subsidiary Neoenergia, was awarded 295 megawatts (MW) at the last wind power tender held by Brazil’s National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel).
This is a major first step for Iberdrola in Brazil, after the consolidation earlier this summer of all its businesses under the new Neoenergia, in line with the growth plans set by the company.
Neoenergia will build nine wind farms in the Santa Luzia area, in the state of Paraíba, which will become operational in January 2022.
Thanks to these new facilities, Neoenergia’s wind power capacity in operation and under construction will now exceed 800 MW. Thus, Brazil becomes the strongest Latin American country in wind power for Iberdrola Group and the State of Paraiba, one of the areas with the best wind resource, a region where Iberdrola operates the 90-MW Paraiba wind farm complex distributed in three wind farms: Canoas, Lagoa I and II, each with 30 MW capacity.
NEOENERGIA, A GIANT IN LATIN AMERICA
With the integration of Elektro in Neoenergia, Iberdrola has brought about the creation of the largest electricity company in Brazil and the birth of an energy leader in Latin America.
Committed to Brazil’s energy, economic and social development, and the well-being of Brazilian people, Neoenergia is present in 13 states in the businesses of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retail, and has around 13.5 million supply points, serviced by its four distribution companies: Coelba, Celpe, Cosern and Elektro. Total concession area covers nearly 840,000 km2, serving a population of more than 34 million people.
Neoenergía is a socially responsible company, fully engaged with the communities where it is present, placing people at the heart of its activity and creating value for its customers, shareholders, suppliers, partners, and for society at large.
Companhia de Eletricidade do Estado da Bahia (Coelba) is Brazil’s third-largest electricity distribution company by number of customers and the sixth largest by volume of energy supplied, being the largest in the North/North-East region. Present in 415 of the 417 Bahian municipalities, Coelba has a concession area of 563,000 km2 and 5.8 million customers (providing power services to more than 15 million people).
Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (Celpe) brings power to 184 municipalities in Pernambuco, the district of Fernando de Noronha, and the city of Pedras de Fogo, in Paraíba. Its concession area cuts across 98,500 km2 with 3.6 million customers (serving 9.4 million people).
Companhia Energética do Rio Grande do Norte (Cosern) is the sixth largest electricity utility in the North-East of Brazil by number of customers, and the fifth by volume of energy supplied. Present in 167 municipalities, Cosern has a concession area of 53,500 km2 and 1.3 million customers (serving 3.5 million people).
Recognised eight times as the best electricity utility in Brazil, and three consecutive times as the best company to work for in Latin America, Elektro is present in 223 municipalities in the State of Sao Paulo, and 5 in Mato Grosso do Sul. Its concession area covers 121,000 km2 with 2.5 million customers (serving 6 million people).
After twenty years of uninterrupted presence in Brazil, Iberdrola confirms its commitment to Latin America’s leading economy, epitomised by its medium and long-term growth strategy in networks, regulated generation and renewable energy.
SOURCE: Iberdrola, S.A.
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