March was a good month for renewables in Portugal. The monthly production of clean energy in the Portuguese country has exceeded demand, according to a report by the Portuguese Association for Renewable Energy (APREN) and the Asociación del Sistema Tierra Ciudadana (ZERO). And this is probably not the last time that Portugal has obtained so much energy from clean sources; the report said: “Last month’s achievement is an example of what will happen more frequently in the near future.“.
APREN, citing data from electricity grid operator REN, said electricity consumption in mainland Portugal was 4,647 gigawatt hours (GWh). In March, 4,812 GWh of renewable electricity was produced, which represents 103.6% of electricity consumption. It wasn’t a completely clean month – fossil fuel power plants supplemented supply for short periods of time, but those periods “however, they were fully offset by others with higher renewable production“, According to the APREN report.
Wind and hydroelectric power accounted for 42% and 55% of monthly consumption, respectively. The renewable energy revolution in Portugal has enabled them to avoid 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The average daily price in the wholesale market fell to 39.75 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), compared to 43.94 euros per MWh in the same period of the previous year.
According to the report, “… It is expected that by 2040, renewable electricity production can cost-effectively guarantee the total annual electricity consumption of mainland Portugal. However, it will eventually be necessary, here and there, to use natural gas power plants, in addition to interconnections and storage.“.
Portugal aspires to be carbon neutral by 2050. While this is good news, very good, Portugal, home to about 10.3 million people, is not a big country; in comparison, Beijing’s population is more than double.
+ Information:Portuguese Association for Renewable Energies