98% of electricity was produced by renewables in Uruguay in 2019

UTE, the state-owned energy company, published data according to which the country produced 14 GWh of electricity in 2019, Renen reports.

98% of electricity was produced by renewables: 55.6% - hydroelectric power stations, 33.6% - wind, 6% - biomass and 2.8% - solar energy. 

Uruguay ranks second, after Denmark, in the share of energy produced by wind farms.

Uruguay consumed 79% of the electricity generated, 21% were exported mainly to Argentina (2.4 TWh) and Brazil (0.6 TWh).

In November 2019, the UTE energy company opened a 540 MW combined cycle power plant to reserve the Uruguayan power system and support power systems of neighboring countries.

It is able to cover up to 25% of the country's demand for electricity and consists of two gas turbines with a capacity of 175 MW each and a steam turbine of 190 MW. The power plant allowed replacing the old Batlle thermal generation facility with a capacity of 250 GW. The main reason for the need for thermal generation in the country is the instability of the hydrological regime.

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