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Uruguay Now Generates Almost 100 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewables

01/28/2016 6:32 AM

This sounds rather amazing for such a poor country: "Uruguay Now Generates Almost 100 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources." An example to the rest of us perhaps.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/01/27/uruguay-now-generates-almost-100-percent-of-its-electricity-from-renewable-sources/

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01/28/2016 8:46 AM

Well first of all it's a tiny country of a little over 3.3 mil people, and second, it's main source of power is hydroelectric....

..." In 2002, Uruguay's electric power generating capacity was estimated at 2.1 GW, of which conventional thermal plants accounted for 29% of capacity, and hydroelectric 71%. In that year, electric power output totaled 9.508 billion kWh, of which 9.442 billion kWh came from hydroelectric sources, followed by geothermal/other at 0.034 billion kWh and conventional thermal fueled plants at 0.032 billion kWh. Uruguay has one of Latin America's highest rates of electrification (95% as of 2002)."...

So they put up a windmill....

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Uruguay.aspx

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Re: Uruguay Now Generates Almost 100 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewables

01/29/2016 3:53 AM

If you had taken the time, to read the article fully. You will have seen that it was submitted on the 27 January 2016 and, in the article it states that the implentation of all the alternative renewable sources of energy, took just 10 years. So that takes us back to 2006. The imformation you've submitted looks to be all pre 2006. So is effectively meaningless.

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01/29/2016 8:26 AM

But,,, did they mothball all their hydroelectric generation capacity? One would tend to think not. I don't know, just what I think.

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01/29/2016 1:18 PM

Hydroelectric is considered a renewable resource, as is thermal, the burning of biomass...What I'm saying is that they were producing nearly 100% of their electricity from renewable resources 10 years ago....they now produce a percentage from wind as well...not so dramatic in a country with about half the population of London...

Uruguay gets 94.5% of its electricity from renewables. In addition to old hydropower plants, a hefty investment in wind, biomass and solar in recent years has raised the share of these sources in the total energy mix to 55%, compared with a global average of 12%, and about 20% in Europe.

Costa Rica went a record 94 consecutive days earlier this year without using fossil fuel for electricity, thanks to a mix of about 78% hydropower, 12% geothermal and 10% wind. The government has set a target of 100% renewable energy by 2021. But transport remains dirty.

Iceland has the advantage of being a nation of volcanoes, which has allowed it to tap geothermal sources of 85% of its heating and - with the assistance of hydropower - 100% of its electricity. This has made it the world's largest green energy producer per capita.

Paraguay has one huge hydropower dam at Itaipu, which supplies 90% of the country's electricity.

Lesotho gets 100% of its electricity from a cascade of dams that have enough spare capacity to export power to South Africa.

Bhutan's abundant hydropower resources generate a surplus of electricity that accounts for more than 40% of the country's export earnings. But over-reliance on one source can be a problem. In the dry season, it has to import power from India.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/03/uruguay-makes-dramatic-shift-to-nearly-95-clean-energy

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