The success of Uruguay, already generates 95% of its electricity with

In less than 10 years, Uruguay has reduced its carbon footprint and electricity costs, without government subsidies. Delegates gathered at the Paris Summit can learn a lot from its success.

These days, the world comes together in Paris for the daunting task of changing the era from fossil fuels to renewable ones. A small country on the other side of the Atlantic has already made this transition and it has been a success.

In less than 10 years, Uruguay has reduced its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher costs to the consumer, according to the country’s climate change policy official, Ramón Méndez.

Renewable energies provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower taking into account inflation.

If we take into account all of Uruguay’s energy needs, not just electricity, we find that 55% of energy comes from renewable sources (including fuel for transportation).

Fifteen years ago, Uruguay depended on oil it imported from Argentina and had gas import projects in the works. The change was such that they not only went 3 years without importing electricity from Argentina, but last summer they sold a third of their production. From importers of polluting energy, they have become exporters of clean energy.

Biomass and solar energy have experienced strong growth. But the wind is the star. The government encouraged their investment by giving investors 20 years of electricity at a fixed price. In addition, hydroelectric production, very present in the past and without investment in recent years, also contributes greatly to this success. It should be noted that nuclear energy is totally absent in Uruguay.