Citing “wind power’s moment,” Brazilian officials may scale back their plans for other new energy installations, such as nuclear power. The risks of nuclear power stations have caught worldwide attention since the 2011 radiation leak in Japan.
Brazil already leads South and Central America in clean energy investment, pulling in $5.17 billion of investments in 2012. It is projected to hit at least 15.6 GW of installed wind capacity by 2021.
Mauricio Tolmasquim, chief of the Energy Research Company, told Reuters it was “unlikely” the government would stick to its plans to build four new nuclear plants by 2030 to meet rising demand for electricity.
He declined to specify how many might be built instead.
Tolmasquim’s comments, part of a broad assessment of Brazil’s long-term strategic plans for electricity generation, highlighted continued global doubts regarding nuclear power more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami led to an accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
“After Japan, things got put on standby,” Tolmasquim said in an interview with Reuters last week. “We haven’t abandoned (the plans) … but they haven’t been resumed yet either. It’s not a priority for us right now.”
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