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    In May, Uruguay covered almost 100% of its electricity demand with renewables


    June 7, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The generation with carbon-free sources in May was as follows, according to UTE data, collected by bnamericas.com: Hydroelectric plants were responsible for 567GWh (55.3%), wind farms for 333GWh (32.5%), biomass plants for 88GWh (8.6%) and solar farms for 28GWh (2.7%). Thermoelectric plants contributed 9GWh (0.9%).

      This production has been achieved after electricity generation with renewables fell in February 2022 to its lowest level in almost seven years, as drought affected hydroelectric production. Electricity generated with wind, hydro, biomass and solar that stood at 63.6% in February and, for the first time since May 2015, thermoelectric was the main source.

      Uruguay has four large hydropower plants - Gabriel Terra (152MW), Baygorria (108MW), Palmar (333MW) and the Uruguayan-Argentine plant Salto Grande (1.89GW, of which 945MW corresponds to Uruguay).

      Of the country's 4.93GW of installed capacity, hydroelectric power accounts for 31%; wind, also 31%; thermoelectric, 24%; biomass, 9%; and solar, 5%, according to the government's interim energy report for 2021. As for the future, Uruguayan authorities say the focus will be on increasing solar photovoltaic capacity.

      The country, which ranks second in the world in renewable generation, also hopes to use its existing wind capacity, as well as an offshore wind initiative, to support a green hydrogen industry and its derivatives.

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