Brazil represents a strongly renewable-based energy matrix: the total electricity generation capacity is currently at 113.3 GW, of which 71% comes from hydroelectric power plants. The high potential of natural resources is equivalent when it comes to wind energy. A wind atlas published by the Electric Power Research Centre - CEPEL / ELETROBRÁS in 2001 shows a potential foronshore wind energy capacity of 143 GW in Brazil at 50 meters height. In 2008 and 2009, new measurements carried out in several states based on measurements at 80-100 meters indicate that the real potential is considerably higher, of around 350 GW.
In 2011, Brazil reached the important mark of 1.000 MW of wind energy installed capacity, showing the growing potential of the market in the country. Brazilian wind power market is currently regulated by auctions, which happen annually. It is forecast that there will be 11.58 GW of installed and operational wind power by 2020.