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Uruguay Wind Energy Programme (UWEP)

Between 2007 and 2014, Uruguay went from having virtual no installed wind generation capacity, to having 500MW, accounting for 10% of electricity generation. This was made possible by the Uruguay Wind Energy Programme, which created an enabling environment for renewable energy development. Initial public investment was able to trigger private sector investment, causing substantial growth in the sector. Mandating was used to require the state utility company to buy all energy generated by wind. As a result, wind power is now cost competitive with fossil-fuel generation.