Uruguay Builds Clean Electricity Footprint

Glenn Meyers, Steve Hanley, Sponsored Content, Charles W. Thurston, James Ayre, Written By

In less than 10 years, the country has shrunk its carbon footprint while lowering electricity costs, without calling on the government for renewable energy subsidies. Uruguay’s electricity mix is as follows: Hydropower Thermal power Wind power Diesel generators Developing solar & biomass With a population of 3.4 million, this country has been cheered for efforts to ‘decarbonize’ its economy. The list of those applauding includes the World Bank and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, the WWF named Uruguay among its “Green Energy Leaders,” proclaiming: “The country is defining global trends in renewable energy investment.” “What we’ve learned is that renewables is just a financial business,” Méndez said. Importantly, the majority of this energy portfolio happens to be clean and renewable.

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