Uruguay is seeking to become the world’s biggest producer of wind power and one of the planet’s greenest countries.

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 SmartPlanet’s Ian Mount regarding plans by Uruguay to become the world’s biggest producer of wind power and one of the planet’s greenest countries.

Thepresident of the UTE state electric company, Gonzalo Casaravilla, and the national energy director in the country’s energy ministry, Ramón Méndez, 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 Uruguay’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 world’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. “It’s impressive, definitely,” Keoleian says.