Big interest in WWEC 2007 reflects importance of wind energy to provide sufficient electricity in Latin America.

High-level representatives from Governments and Industry will prepare new strategies and alliances

Bonn/Buenos Aires (WWEA) – The 6th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition which will be organised by WWEA and the Argentine Wind Energy Association is obtaining an overwhelming interest from Latin America and worldwide. International and regional companies will meet to take the necessary steps for the creation of strong domestic wind Industries and related industrial capacities.

Most of the Latin American countries are currently facing a serious shortage of electricity. Especially in the host country, Argentina, more and more companies are seriously affected by power shortages and blackouts and are therefore willing to invest in domestic renewable energy capacities like after all wind energy. In the WWEC 2007 host country Argentina, 200 MW of wind farms have been authorised by the national wholesale market regulator, CAMESSA, to be installed as a first step at the Atlantic coastline of Buenos Aires province and to meet the energy needs of those companies directly affected by power shortages. In the neighbour country Brazil, the wind market started its take-off in the year 2006 with 208 MW of new installations making Brazil the number one wind country in the region. Further countries like Chile, Mexico or Cuba have started setting up favourable frameworks for wind energy utilisation on a large scale.

One major challenge for the Latin American wind markets will be the establishment of domestic wind industries and manufacturing capacities within the region. The actual worldwide shortage of wind turbines affects the region heavily because only little manufacturing capacities have been set up so far.

WWEC 2007 as the first major international wind energy event ever held in Latin America will offer possibilities for companies and political decision-makers to discuss strategies on how to answer these challenges through favourable political frameworks and industry partnerships. High-level delegates from all over the world will contribute their first-hand experiences and enable the Latin American countries to boost their domestic wind industries.

Several leading international and domestic wind turbine manufacturers, actual and potential wind farm operators like electricity cooperatives as well as wind farm developers will attend WWEC 2007 to establish new joint ventures and further cooperation in order to develop the emerging Latin American wind markets.

For further information, conference registration, exhibition space booking, accommodation, please have a look at the WWEC website

or contact WWEA.
World Wind Energy Association
Stefan Gsänger

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