• 4 minutes England Running Out of Water?
  • 7 minutes Trump to Make Allies Pay More to Host US Bases
  • 10 minutes U.S. Shale Output may Start Dropping Next Year
  • 14 minutes Washington Eyes Crackdown On OPEC
  • 4 hours One Last Warning For The U.S. Shale Patch
  • 9 hours Oil Slips Further From 2019 Highs On Trade Worries
  • 1 day Once Upon A Time... North Korea Abruptly Withdraws Staff From Liaison Office
  • 22 hours Modular Nuclear Reactors
  • 1 day Poll: Will Renewables Save the World?
  • 7 hours Climate change's fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods
  • 2 days Chile Tests Floating Solar Farm
  • 7 hours Telsa Sales in Europe
  • 7 hours 3 Pipes: EPIC 900K, CACTUS II 670K, GREY OAKS 800K
  • 8 hours Read: OPEC THREATENED TO KILL US SHALE
  • 4 hours The Political Debacle: Brexit delayed
  • 2 days China's Expansion: Italy Leads Europe Into China’s Embrace
  • 2 days New Rebate For EVs in Canada
Crude Oil Stocks Rise Despite U.S. Sanctions

Crude Oil Stocks Rise Despite U.S. Sanctions

U.S. sanctions haven’t led to…

Why OPEC’s Decision To Delay Makes Sense

Why OPEC’s Decision To Delay Makes Sense

OPEC’s decision to maintain the…

Uruguay Announces Plans to Develop 1,000MW of Wind Power by 2015

Uruguay has increased its already impressive wind power capacity targets from 800MW to 1,000MW before 2015, with over half of that expected to be under construction by the end of 2012.

Uruguay already has a hydroelectric capacity of about 1,500MW, but started to develop wind power following a long lasting drought which reduced the volume of water available to power the hydroelectric generators.

On some windy summer nights Uruguay can now produce 80 to 90 percent of its electricity demand from wind power, however the hydroelectric plants will remain vital to offset any loss in power due to low levels of wind.

In 2011 they had just 43MW of wind power in operation, but plans are already underway to develop and extra 342MW’s from six new wind farms, all of which will be up and running in 2014. The rest of the 1,000MW will come online in 2015.

Ramon Mendez Galain, the South America nation’s energy secretary, admitted that such renewable energy targets were made easier due to the fact that Uruguay has a population of just 3.3 million; “because we’re a small country, we can do things.”

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News