Renewables account for 59% of Portugal's consumption in 2020

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January 7 (Renewables Now) - Renewable sources met 59% of Portugal's electricity consumption in 2020, local media reported on Tuesday citing data from local power utility Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN).

Wind power and hydro sources had the largest contribution, each accounting for 25% of the national consumption. Biomass followed with 7% and photovoltaic (PV) sources came behind with 2.6%.

REN's data shows that non-renewable production accounted for 38%, mostly represented by natural gas. The overall consumption of electricity totalled 48.8 TWh, a 3.1% decrease year-on-year, or 3.7% when accounting for the effects of temperature and the number of working days.

According to REN, the balance of trade exports provided the remaining 3% of domestic consumption. In December alone, renewable production supplied 72% of domestic consumption.

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