Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Wind Country Notes
At the present time the country utilises its wind resource for water pumping in rural areas isolated from the electricity grid.
Uruguay plans, with international cooperation, to evaluate its wind resource potential. The project is waiting for the final approval of the GEF.
Another project, in collaboration with Spain (within the framework of a debt conversion agreement between Uruguay and Spain) and with strong public support, covers the installation of 10 MW capacity and also the measurement of the resource.
The Government passed a decree in March 2006 which as a first stage will attempt to encourage the installation of up to 20 MW of electricity generation, with up to 10 MW provided by IPPs.