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Uruguay increases energy imports due to drought


Uruguay increases energy imports due to drought

Montevideo, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay increased the import of electric energy in view of the decrease of its water reserves due to the drought that persists here today, a senior officer said.

From January to date the electricity consumed by Uruguay comes from Brazil, with hydraulic surpluses, due to the abundance of rainfall in the north of that neighboring country.

This was informed by the president of the National Administration of Power Plants and Electric Transmissions (UTE), Silvia Emaldi, in declarations to the press.

The executive stressed that the import price is 50 percent cheaper than resorting to thermal power plants for the generation of energy which use fossil fuels with high prices in the market.

Emaldi detailed that hydroelectric plants have only contributed 15 percent of the generation, when in a normal rainy period they contribute 45 percent of the country’s energy.

He added that Uruguay in turn sells wind energy to Argentina, whose thermoelectric generation costs soared during this hot southern summer.


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