Last Friday, the Administración Nacional de Usinas y Transmisiones Eléctricas (UTE) inaugurated the connection service to the electricity grid for 73 families, several schools and rural establishments in Salto. In total, 160 kilometers of medium voltage line were laid with an investment of more than 60 million pesos.
There were four works in the area of Guaviyú, Arapey and Mataojo carried out within the framework of the Interinstitutional Rural Electrification Plan together with the Office of Planning and Budget (OPP) and other agencies, which also had the support of the Salto Grande Joint Technical Commission (CTM).
The president of UTE, Silvia Emaldi, the vice-president of the public company, Julio Luis Sanguinetti, and the directors, Enrique Peés-Boz, Felipe Algorta, and Fernanda Cardona, participated in the event, together with other authorities and local residents. In this way, Uruguay continues to make steady progress towards 100 percent electrification.
On Thursday, 15 families from Cerros de Vera and Puntas de Caña (towns in Salta) had access to electricity through solar panels. In addition, 15 kilometers of medium voltage line were laid in the area. The work also benefits four rural schools.
Representatives of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishing (MGAP) and of CTM Salto Grande, as well as local residents, participated in the inauguration, which was attended by the full board of directors of UTE. The installation of "this equipment has changed the lives of many people who live among the hills, where there was no road to get there", said Marita González, a local representative.
Emaldi, who quoted the text of a plaque given by the neighbors to UTE which reads "A dream come true", committed the company to continue with the work "so that more dreams come true in this country". Each family also received a class A efficient refrigerator.
The work, framed in the change of the energy matrix with the incorporation of renewable energies, allowed the decommissioning of four gas oil generators, leaving only one as backup.
There are still 2,500 households without access to electricity in rural areas. UTE has committed to continue reducing this gap by laying new lines and photovoltaic panels until "Uruguay 100 percent electrified" is achieved during this administration.
ACTIONS IN TACUAREMBÓ
As has happened in other departments, on Thursday UTE signed two agreements with the Municipality of Tacuarembó, one to provide the department with electric mobility infrastructure and the other to collaborate in works of communal interest.
Mayor Wilson Ezquerra thanked the state-owned company for its permanent collaboration with the municipalities throughout the country and for the joint work "for energy efficiency", while the president of UTE pointed out that "the growth of the electric vehicle fleet will reach Uruguay and requires infrastructure".
Under these agreements, the municipalities have public spaces and UTE provides the charging infrastructure.
It should be recalled that in 2020 there were 700 electric vehicles in Uruguay and at the end of last year there were 1,400. Emaldiseñó pointed out that the cost of charging an electric vehicle is 10 times lower.