In a historic milestone, all of Portugal’s electricity requirements were covered by renewable energy for four consecutive days last week.
According to reports, electricity consumption was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power across the country over 107-hours from 6:45am on Saturday 7 May until 5:45pm the Wednesday 11 May.
Thanks to the European Union’s clean energy targets for 2020, the country’s renewable energy covered about 48 per cent of Portugal’s electricity last year, a step up from 23 per cent in 2013.
Oliver Joy, a spokesman for Wind Europe (formerly the European Wind Energy Association), said: “We are seeing trends like this spread across Europe – last year with Denmark and now in Portugal. The Iberian peninsula is a great resource for renewables and wind energy, not just for the region but for the whole of Europe.”
Portugal added 550MW of wind capacity between 2013 and 2016 and Joy added: “An increased build-out of interconnectors, a reformed electricity market and political will are all essential… But with the right policies in place, wind could meet a quarter of Europe’s power needs in the next 15 years.”