Webcast on Wind: Doing Business In … Brazil (13 June 2017, 15h CEST)

Join Elbia Gannoum, CEO of ABEEolica (Brazilian Wind Association), and Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of Global Wind Energy Council, for our ‘Doing Business In … Brazil’ webcast on Tuesday 13 June at 15h CEST.

Brazil is ranked 9th globally in terms of installed wind capacity. During 2016, it reached the 10 GW milestone, installing 2 GW during the course of the year, and bringing the total installed wind capacity to 10.74 GW, representing around a 7% share in the energy matrix.

Although the Brazilian wind market continues to grow, it is facing an important challenge as the country is going through an economic crisis, causing a reduction in demand. For the first time since wind energy started being included in auctions, there were no auctions at all for this source during 2016.

During this webcast, Steve will provide an update on the global wind markets.  Elbia will provide an overview of the status of the Brazilian market and will talk about what challenges lay ahead for the wind sector.

The audience will hear about:

  • challenges in demand and the upcoming auctions
  • the financing landscape
  • transmission development

About the speakers


Steve Sawyer
Secretary General , GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council).

Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General of GWEC, has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations such as the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA, IFC and ADB to ensure that wind power takes its rightful place in the energy options for the future; and with opening up new markets for the industry worldwide.

Élbia Silva Gannoum
CEO of ABEEólica (Brazilian Wind Energy Association)

Economist, PhD – With an academic background, she is specialized in Regulation and Electricity Markets, having written her Master and Doctoral Thesis on this subject, and has published over thirty articles about the electricity sector. She has been working in the energy sector for more than 15 years.
She has been the Executive President of ABEEÓLICA since September 2011.

She started her career as Advisor at ANEEL (2000), and worked in the Ministry of Finance  (2001-2002), Ministry of Mines and Energy (2003-2006). She was a Member of the Board of CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (Electrical Energy Chamber of Commerce) from June 2006 to April 2011.

In 2014 she was elected by Recharge’s Renewable Thought Leaders Club, as one of the most influential professionals in the global scenario of renewable energy.

Register here for the webcast.