Wind and biomass to lead renewable growth in Uruguay

Jun 18, 2009 02:00 AM

New wind and biomass projects will lead the growth of renewables in Uruguay, mining and energy minister Daniel Martinez told after holding talks with his Chilean counterpart Marcelo Tokman in Santiago.
"We have a long-term plan and are looking to add an additional 300 MW of wind capacity and 200 MW of biomass capacity on top of what we already have," Martinez said.

Officials also are studying constructing a solar power plant, the minister added. In terms of Uruguay's energy matrix, the country is focusing on LNG, coal and nuclear power, in addition to energy efficiency campaigns.
Nuclear capacity would not come online before 2025 and will ultimately depend on the outcome of several studies underway, the minister added.

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