Little more than two years after initiating a wind-energy pilot project, Uruguay has made a decisive commitment to substantially change its energy matrix. In April, besides sealing various agreements, it held a series of invitations for bids to offer the private sector—-national or international—-contracts to build several wind parks in the next four years that will allow the country to add 500 megawatts of energy produced by the generous winds that sweep across almost the entire territory. Since the first project was inaugurated in October 2008 by the Argentine firm Nuevo Manantial, which contributes 10 MW of installed capacity to the state-owned Usinas y Tramsmisiones Eléctricas (UTE) network, the South American country has followed a fertile path in search of incorporating nonconventional, nonpolluting energies—-including solar, biomass, biofuel-—that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the determinant factor in climate change.
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