Renewables supplied 59% of electricity in 2020

By TPN/Lusa, in Business · 08-01-2021 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

More than half (59%) of the electricity consumed in 2020 in Portugal resulted from renewable production, especially hydroelectric and wind, both with about 25%, according to data from REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais.

In a statement, REN, the company responsible for the global management of the national electricity and natural gas systems, added that biomass accounted for 7 percent of electricity consumed last year and photovoltaic production accounted for 2.6 percent.

REN’s figures also show that, in 2020, non-renewable production supplied 38 percent of electricity consumption, mainly with natural gas, while coal represented around 4 percent of consumption.

The balance of trade with foreign countries provided the remaining 3 percent of national consumption.

According to REN, by the end of 2020 the hydroelectric production index stood at 0.97 (historical average equal to 1) and the wind production index at 0.94 (historical average equal to 1).

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