Uruguay – the Forgotten Renewable Energy Champion
A few astonishing facts about Uruguay and its quiet renewable energy revolution: currently 95% electricity and 55% primary energy from renewables, chapeau! All potential for hydro-power has already been exhausted, now wind, solar and biomass are next.
Key facts about Uruguay: 176,215 km2 (somewhat smaller than the UK), 3.2 million people, 88% white (mostly Italian and Spanish), population density: 19/km2, GDP-PPP/capita: $24k, energy consumption/capita: 1800 Watt 24/7/365 average (US 9208 Watt)
[wikipedia.org] – Renewable energy in Uruguay
[wikipedia.org] – Uruguay
[wikipedia.org] – Electricity sector in Uruguay
[theguardian.com] – Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy
[worldwatch.org] – Uruguay’s Energy Transition Will Make You a Believer in a Clean Energy Future
In less than 10 years the country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without government subsidies. Delegates at the Paris summit can learn much from its success
Uruguay is the best example we have seen so far that the renewable energy transition is perfectly doable, in no-time, even resulting in lower energy prices and at an national per capita income level a la Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia or Panama.