The wind energy landscape in Uruguay has changed considerably since 2005.
A few wind turbines appearedbetween 2005-2010, as first commercial developments by private and public companies, and over the last five years the countryside has become populated with them, together with more traditional activities involving cattle and agriculture.
Today 520 MW are installed, and more than 1,300 MW are expected by 2016, which is enough to provide more than 30% of the nation’s electricity demand. Uruguay had no wind energy in 2005, so the question is what happened in the meantime? There is probably no single answer, but planning and policies seems to be the most significant factors.
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