Portugal Runs For Four Days on Only Renewable Energy

first_imgPortugal Runs For Four Days on Only Renewable Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Story Hinckley in the Christian Science Monitor:From the morning of May 7 to the afternoon of May 11, Portugal’s electricity consumption was fully covered by renewable sources.For 107 hours, Portugal powered all of its electricity from biofuels, hydropower plants, wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat. But this is not the first time that Portugal has boasted an impressive energy statistic.For a few hours at the end of 2011, all of the country’s electricity demands were met by renewable energy. The country’s annual renewable energy consumption has grown in recent years. In 2013, Portugal got almost 26 percent of its electricity from renewables, rising to 63 percent in 2014. But because of a drought, Portugal’s source of renewable electricity decreased to 50.4 percent in 2015. The country’s energy example has won praise from the International Energy Agency (IEA), whose 2016 review of Portugal says its policies have “been strongly oriented towards its ambition to become a major player in the application of renewable energies, especially in sectors such as wind power…. Portugal should be commended for its achievements and its ambitions in large-scale deployment of renewable energy.”Portugal generates 30 percent of its electricity from hydropower, about one quarter from wind, 6.4 percent from biofuels and waste, and 1.2 percent from solar. Wind energy production grew by more that 600 percent between 2004 and 2009, and in 2014, Portugal was second only to Denmark in wind power. “How did Portugal assume such impressive leadership in the clean energy transition?” asks WorldWatch Institute. “The key, as usual, lies in ambitious supportive policies.”Feed-in tariffs, which provide renewable electricity producers with a guaranteed price for each megawatt-hour of energy fed into the country’s power grid, were first introduced in 1988 and have continued to develop, according to WorldWatch. Also, host municipalities of renewable energy receive payments of 2.5 percent of revenue. And the government bought transmission lines from private power companies at the turn of the century, refitting the grid infrastructure to better connect with small electricity generators such as domestic solar panels. Full story and video: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0517/How-Portugal-went-107-hours-on-only-renewable-energy-video?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=eeff4b7426-Clean_Economy_Wire12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-eeff4b7426-327746333last_img

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