Uruguay works 100% with renewable energies

It took almost 24 hours for Uruguay to work 100% with renewable energy, between 2 p.m. on Monday September 14 and 1 p.m. on Tuesday 15. Wind energy is the one that provides the most electricity with 48.76% of the total, followed by hydropower with 39.64%, after them biomass with 10.26% and finally photovoltaics contributed 1.34%. Good news, Uruguay surprises the world !!!

During those nearly 24 hours, they received neither electricity from Brazil nor electricity produced by fossil fuels. Uruguay has neither oil nor gas, it has practically used all of its hydroelectric potential and its economy is growing at 6%. At the same time, he wants to reduce his poverty.

Renewable energies are increasingly important in the production of electricity in Uruguay. In 2014, hydropower represented 74%, biomass 13%, fossil sources 7% and wind power 6%.

But Uruguay wants more. In 2014, more than 400 megawatts were commissioned in wind power plants and in 2015, several more wind power plants are expected to be commissioned.

With only 3.2 million inhabitants, it launched an energy revolution. Invest 3% of GDP in renewable energies.

The country’s 4 main political parties have reached an agreement to implement a long-term common energy policy until 2030, regardless of the government.

During this period, the cost of electricity for Uruguayans was reduced by 6%.

Easy no?

Data: Electricity company, National Administration of Power Plants and Power Transmission (UTE).

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