Keoleian discusses energy, wind production with smartplanet.com
Greg Keoleian, a professor of Sustainable Systems at SNRE and director of its Center for Sustainable Systems, was interviewed by SmartPlanetâ€™s Ian Mount regarding plans by Uruguay to become the worldâ€™s biggest producer of wind power and one of the planetâ€™s greenest countries.
Thepresident of the UTE state electric company, Gonzalo Casaravilla, and the national energy director in the countryâ€™s energy ministry, RamÃ³n MÃ©ndez, recently announced that the electrical company had signed contracts to buy electricity from some 20 to-be-constructed private wind farms and that by 2015, 90 percent of Uruguayâ€™s electrical generation would come from renewable sources: 45% from hydro power, 15 percent from biomass, and 30 percent from wind, Mount wrote.
That would put Uruguay ahead of the worldâ€™s current wind leader, Denmark, which today gets 26 percent of its electrical generation from wind, says Gregory Keoleian, director of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan. â€œItâ€™s impressive, definitely,â€Â Keoleian says.