Renewable energy (wind energy, hydro) generate 84 percent of Uruguay’s energy

The small South American country has long relied heavily on hydroelectric power. It has been pushing for an energy diversification policy focused on developing wind power and solar energy since 2008.

Uruguay’s government says that 84 percent of the country’s energy last year came from renewable sources.

The national energy director said Thursday that Uruguay could surpass Denmark as the country that takes the greatest advantage of its wind resources. Ramon Mendez also said the government hopes that the use of renewables will rise to 90 percent by 2015.