now that renewables provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation. There are also fewer power cuts because a diverse energy mix means greater resilience to droughts.It was a very different story just 15 years ago. Back at the turn of the century oil accounted for 27% of Uruguay’s imports and a new pipeline was just about to begin supplying gas from Argentina.Which countries are doing the most to stop dangerous global warming?Now the biggest item on import balance sheet is wind turbines, which fill the country’s ports on their way to installation.Biomass and solar power have also been ramped up. Adding to existing hydropower, this means that renewables now account for 55% of the country’s overall energy mix (including transport fuel) compared with a global average share of 12%.

Source: Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy | Environment | The Guardian