20.7.10

More wind energy coming to Uruguay

(20/07/10) The government of Uruguay received proposals from 15 private companies for the development of 22 wind farms in various parts of the country. The proposals were submitted in response to the government’s offer to buy 150 megawatts of wind generated power from private companies as part of a comprehensive Wind Energy Program being conducted to encourage sustainable energy development in Uruguay.

The government has offered to enter into contracts between UTE (Uruguay’s State owned electric utility) and selected private companies who will develop and operate wind farms in Uruguay. The government's offer to purchase a total of 150 megawatts of wind generated power,  resulted in proposals totaling 950 megawatts of wind generated power – 6.3 times more than the government hoped to attract.

The privately operated wind farms must produce wind generated energy at a capacity between 30 megawatts and 50 megawatts each, and enter a 30 year production contract with UTE.

The government will have 100 days to review the wind farm proposals and make its final selections.  Contracts with selected companies should be in place by the end of the year, with new wind farms coming into full operation between 2012 and 2014.

Seven of the 15 wind farm proposals were for the Department of Maldonado, where Punta del Este is located. Four of the proposals were for the Department of Tacuarembó in Uruguay’s interior.  The remaining 11 wind farms were for six other Departments, including Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo.

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