The total electricity production from renewable sources hit record levels in Portugal in June, reaching 72%, according to NGO Quercus, based on figures from the national grid company REN.
This is almost double the 38 percent seen just 12 months earlier.
“This increase is due, on the one hand, to more renewable power generation facilities but even more so to the weather conditions in a year that has been very damp so far meaning a lot of hydro power can be generated.” REN said.
Coal use shrank by 22 percent, leading to significant savings in CO2 emissions.
The association also said that Portugal exported 50 percent more power than it imported “which is the complete opposite of the situation in 2012”.
Power consumption in Portugal has been falling gently for some time. There was a 2.8 percent drop in 2012 compared with the year before but in the first half of 2013, the reduction was just 1.7 percent in comparison with the first six months of 2012. TPN/Lusa