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Uruguay is a renewable energy utopia. How did it get there?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Paradise Lost and Found

In five years, Uruguay transformed its grid. Now 98% of its energy comes from renewables. Former national director of energy, Ramón Méndez Galain, recounts his country's path and how to replicate it.

About Ramón Méndez Galain

As Uruguay's National Director of Energy, Ramón Méndez Galain led an unprecedented energy transformation, culminating in the country's current mix of 98 percent renewables, nearly 40 percent of which comes from wind alone. He then became Uruguay's Secretary of Climate Change and their chief negotiator for the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

Currently, as Executive Director of Ivy, Galain works to promote a sustainable transition throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, helping governments, the private sector, academia and citizens lead the region towards a net-zero economy.

He began his career as a university professor. He holds his bachelors and PhD in physics from the University of Grenoble, France and the University of La Plata, Argentina.

This segment of the TED Radio Hour was produced by Andrea Gutierrez and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour. You can follow us on Facebook @TEDRadioHourand email us at TEDRadioHour@npr.org.

Copyright 2023 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
Andrea Gutierrez (she/her) is an assistant producer on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. She's drawn to stories at the intersections of gender, race, class and ability in arts and culture.
Sanaz Meshkinpour
[Copyright 2024 NPR]

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