Renewable energy plants have produced enough power to meet 59% of Portugal's electricity demand in the period January-October 2021, data from power utility Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN) shows.
Hydro and wind had the largest contribution, covering 25% and 24% of the national demand, respectively. Biomass energy followed with 6% and solar photovoltaic (PV) with 4%.
REN's data shows that non-renewable electricity accounted for 31%, led by natural gas with 29% and coal with 2%. Energy imports met the remaining 10% of domestic consumption.
In October alone, renewable power generation supplied 44% of domestic consumption. Non-renewable sources and imports were responsible for the remaining 34% and 22%, respectively.
Portugal’s overall electricity consumption went up 1.5% year-on-year in the year-to-date period in question, or 2.2% when taking into account temperature and number of working days, the utility noted.
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