Renewables provide 60 percent of Portugal’s electricity

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 05-07-2018 14:08:00 · 0 Comments

Renewable electricity production accounted for 60 percent of consumption in Portugal in the first half of 2018, spread over hydroelectric (28 percent), wind (26 percent), biomass (5 percent) and photovoltaic (1.4 percent) power, according to the production and consumption data of national power grid company REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais.

Electricity consumption increased by 3.7 percent in the first half , reaching 25,686 Gigawatt hours (GWh) compared to the same period of last year.
In June, energy consumption fell by 2.2 percent to 3,974 GWh, as a result of the high consumption registered in June of the previous year, due to the effect of above-average temperatures for the season. With correction for the effects of temperature and number of working days there was an increase of 0.2 percent.
In the same month, favourable hydrological conditions provided a hydraulicity index of 1.58.
Wind production, on the other hand, saw negative conditions, with the productivity index standing at 0.92.

According to REN’s production and consumption data, the balance of foreign trade once again in June made Portugal a net power exporter, exporting the equivalent of about 12 percent of national consumption.
In the same month, the natural gas market saw a general trend of reduced consumption, due to the performance of renewable production and the consequent reduction in the consumption of natural gas for power production, registering a decrease of 20 percent while in the conventional segment the rise was 8.5 percent.
In the first half of the year, natural gas consumption fell 8.1 percent year-on-year, due to a 31 percent contraction in power plant utilisation, partially offset by growth of 4.9 percent in the conventional segment.


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