Green energy accounts for 50% of Portugal's power consumption
Sep 19, 2011 - Green energy accounted for 50% of the power consumption in Portugal at the end of August 2011.
Excluding the big-sized hydro power plants, the share stood at 25.3%, data of the Portuguese renewable energy association APREN showed.
Green energy is expected to raise slightly its share of the power consumption in the country by the end of the year, APREN president Antonio Sa da Costa forecast. He added that the bigger share this year will allow Portugal to narrow costs on imports of fossil fuels -- coal and natural gas, for electricity generation to some EUR 1 billion (USD 1.4bn).
Portugal's installed green energy capacity stood at 9,688 MW at the end of June 2011, according to data of the national directorate for geology and energy DGGE. However, the generation of electricity from green sources dropped by 19% on the year in the first half of 2011.