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Uruguay’s green power revolution: rapid shift to wind shows the world how it’s done

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🗞️ Driving the news: Uruguay, spurred by the 2008 oil price spike, has made a remarkable transition to renewable energy, primarily wind power, with up to 98% of its electricity now produced from green sources
This transformation was led by physicist Ramón Méndez Galain

🔭 The context: Facing rising oil prices and increasing energy demands, Uruguay, under Galain's leadership, installed about 50 wind farms, drastically reducing its fossil fuel dependence for electricity generation and bolstering its hydropower capabilities

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Uruguay's experience exemplifies a successful national strategy in rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, providing a blueprint for other nations grappling with similar environmental and energy challenges

⏭️ What's next: Uruguay's journey towards a renewable energy-dominated grid offers valuable lessons for countries worldwide in their pursuit of sustainable energy solutions

💬 One quote: "No one believed we could do it. We needed new solutions. We needed to do things differently" (Ramón Méndez Galain)

📈 One stat: In 2022, Uruguay's GDP per capita was £16,420, the highest on the South American continent, demonstrating significant economic growth alongside its commitment to renewable energy

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