Hydro, renewables generate 60% of Portugal's power in 10-mo
Power generation mix 2014-2016. Source: APREN (www.apren.pt)
Renewable power plants generated about 60% of Portugal's electricity between January and October 2016, shows a report from the Portuguese Association of Renewable Energy (APREN).
Non-hydro renewables accounted for 27% of all power in the country. Wind farms' contribution in the national renewable energy mix was 21%, or 9,965 GWh, followed by bioenergy plants with 5% and photovoltaic (PV) arrays with 1%. Hydropower facilities, on the other hand, generated 15,147 GWh or 33% of the total power during the first ten months of the year.
In October, the daily price of electricity in the spot market for the Iberian Electricity Market (MIBEL) was of EUR 35.6 (USD 38) per MWh. This price is lower than in the previous months due to the large volumes of renewable power, APREN stated in its press release.
Year-to-date the share of renewables in consumption has been higher than in previous years, reaching 67% of in 2016, while in 2014 and 2015 the contributions were of 63% and 49%, respectively.