Pacific Hydro appoints new General Manager Brazil

17 August 2012

Leading renewable energy company Pacific Hydro announced the appointment of Adriana Waltrick to the role of General Manager Brazil. Ms Waltrick will focus on the implementation of a new business model for the commercialisation of wind energy in Brazil.

Pacific Hydro recently announced a partnership with Vale, the world’s second-largest mining company, to jointly build and operate two wind farms in Brazil’s northeast. The wind farms will be located in Rio Grande do Norte and Vale will be the sole off-taker of clean electricity produced by the projects for a period of 20 years, utilising 100% of its generation as self-production for its operations.

The partnership will be the first free market and self-producer commercialisation model for wind farms in Brazil and an important step in Pacific Hydro’s strategy in the country.

Ms Waltrick leads Pacific Hydro Brazil with the objective to develop new projects in partnership with self-producers from a range of industry segments such as automotive, beverage and mining. The executive plans to accelerate the implementation of the company’s next projects in Brazil as the partnership with Vale served as a benchmark for establishing the ideal commercialisation model.

Ms Waltrick spent 13 years at CPFL Energia Group, the largest private Brazilian power generation, distribution and trading utility, where she held a number of roles including Director of Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Vice President of M&A.

Prior to CPFL, she held positions such as International Business Manager at Petropar Group and Corporate Strategy Manager at Rede Brasil Sul de Comunicação. Ms Waltrick has a degree in Business Administration from Unisinos, a Master in Science as well as an Executive MBA degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and a MBA from the Sloan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA.

Operating for 20 years and in Brazil since 2006, Pacific Hydro was a pioneer in building wind farms under the Brazilian Federal Government’s Proinfa scheme and has 58 MW of operating wind farms in the state of Paraíba supplying Eletrobrás.

Internationally, Pacific Hydro has developed and operates a further 300 MW of wind farms and hydros in Australia, where it built the country’s first commercial wind farm in 2001, and operates 500 MW of run-of-river hydros in Chile.