90% Of renewable electricity by 2015 is the purpose of the Uruguay

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In September 2011, the Uruguay announced it could increase its wind power capacity of 800 MW. Shortly after, this figure has been increased to 1,000 MW. At the beginning of January, 2013, a new objective was publicized: 90% of its electricity from renewable energy sources from here 2015

 uruguay.jpgUruguay Image credit wind turbines: Daniel Stonek, Wiki Commons

While this figure may seem like a pipe dream for some, take account of the fact that Nicaragua has declared a similar purposeand the two countries actually have a chance to deliver the goods. The Uruguay has slightly more than half of the 6 million of the Nicaragua, but does have 1 500 MW of hydroelectric power already.

About 45% of its electricity comes from hydro and 15% of the biomass, for the 30% should be generated by the wind. One thing for the country is the growing trend of investment in renewable energy in South America. This trend creates demand for the manufacturers of wind turbines like Vestas, which provides to the Chile with 90 MW of turbines soon for a new wind farm it.

Additional wind power is necessary in Uruguay to complement its hydro, which is strong but intermittent. The development of renewable energy is a smart choice - especially for those countries that are highly dependent on foreign oil. The initial capital expenditure may seem surprisingly high, the total amount of money they give to other nations for oil has a negative impact on their economies.

These domestic energy projects also employing local people and teach them new technological skills. In August, it was reported 21 wind farms were being developed in 11 regions of the Uruguay, so this energy independence movement is certainly ongoing. Green energy is also a good choice for the Uruguay, because it allows to preserve local habitats and eco-tourism is an important part of its economy.

As electric vehicles become more common, the country will be implemented changes to infrastructure as needed to meet their needs and hopefully reduce the reliance on cars to gasoline, there are probably less than air pollution, which can cause health problems and even premature death.