Renewable Energy: Top Marks for Portugal

Source: The Guardian, May 18

Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.

Electricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday, the analysis says.

News of the zero emissions landmark comes just days after Germany announced that clean energy had powered almost all its electricity needs on Sunday 15 May, with power prices turning negative at several times in the day – effectively paying consumers to use it.

James Watson, the CEO of SolarPower Europe said: “This is a significant achievement for a European country, but what seems extraordinary today will be commonplace in Europe in just a few years. The energy transition process is gathering momentum and records such as this will continue to be set and broken across Europe.”

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4 responses to “Renewable Energy: Top Marks for Portugal

  1. It may be that the increasingly unpredictable climate changes will limit the achievements Mr. Watson predicts.

  2. mike holliday

    All hail the head-in-the-sand brigade. Faced with evidence that renewable energy is viable Horace decides to cast doubt on its effectiveness by suggesting that climate change will impede the progress of renewable energy.
    Horace might like to reflect on the fact that climate change is a direct result of burning fossil fuels to create energy.
    I won’t wait for Hell to freeze over, though. I suspect Horace does not subscribe to human induced climate change anyway.
    My other comment would be: Why does not one of the hottest countries in the world – Australia – not already have the lion’s share of its energy production from solar and wind power?

  3. mike holliday

    I apologise to you, Horace. I should not make assumptions.
    My only excuse is that I live in Australia, where the right wing side of politics has been in climate change denial since Adam was a boy.
    Faced with irrefutable evidence, they now resort to questioning its cause and criticising alternative energy initiatives.