URUGUAY - Green Energy Leader in Latin America

Arno Froese

Over the past 10 years, Uruguay has gone from being dependent on fossil fuel imports for power to a renewable energy pioneer. How did the country do it?

Uruguay’s natural resources are limited, but the Latin American country has plenty of sun, water and wind. And in the last decade, it has taken advantage of these riches.

Nearly 100% of Uruguay’s energy now comes from renewable sources. The route to a cleaner energy supply is down to political will—and getting the country’s residents on board.

Cattle rancher Pablo Capurro, for instance, initially rejected the idea of having wind turbines on his farm. The sound of the blades would be too noisy for his animals, he thought. But Capurro changed his mind after speaking to other wind park operators, and he now receives a payment for the turbines on his land.

To secure its clean energy future, the country is keeping up with the latest research and is training engineers to specialize in renewables.

Project goal: Reducing carbon dioxide emissions, achieving energy independence and producing enough green energy to export to other countries.

Project partners: Uruguay is being supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry, as well as private and public partnerships in the country.

-www.dw.com, 14 October 2021

Arno's Commentary

Uruguay is a country not often in the news, primarily because of a small population of only 3.4 million. While the country has an excellent healthcare system, with life expectancy reaching 78.2 years, the gross national product per person is only $23,000 annually.

Midnight Call’s branch in Uruguay was established in 1979. Today, the main work there consists of an audio studio located in the capital city of Montevideo, supplying more than 300 radio stations on the continent with Spanish-language Christian programs. 

The word of God is going out; the seed is being sowed based on the promises of Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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