Energy authorities in Uruguay are hoping to increase the total energy share of wind energy from 1.3 per cent to 18 per cent by 2015, according to a report in La Republica.

A total of 300 MW is expected to be added to the country’s energy system by private institutions, with between 200 MW and 300 MW from state sources.

Currently there are only 20 MW from the private sector and 20 MW from the government, according to the report.

Uruguay has identified wind energy as a key source of renewable energy and one of the best alternatives to its traditional fuels sources.

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