October 4 (Renewables Now) - Renewable sources corresponded to 45% of Portugal's electricity consumption in the first nine months of the year, data from Portuguese power utility Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN) shows.
According to the figures, year-to-date, non-hydro sources accounted for 31.3% of the Iberian country's demand. Wind power had the largest contribution (24%), followed by biomass (5%) and photovoltaic (PV) sources (2.3%). Taking into account hydro sources, the renewable power generation made up 45% of the total.
Among conventional sources, natural gas contributed 32% and coal 12% in the first nine months. The latter has been in a continued decline during the year. The remaining 11% was met through imports, the utility noted.
In September alone, renewable power supplied 43% of the country's demand, with non-renewable production accounting for 42% and imports covering 15%.