Renewables cover 63% of Portugal's power demand in 5-mo 2023
Caramulo wind farm. Image source: Total Eren (www.total-eren.com)
Renewable energy plants in Portugal produced enough power to meet 63% of the country's electricity demand in the first five months of 2023, grid operator Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN) announced recently.
Wind and hydropower made the largest contributions, accounting for 26% and 25% of the total energy demand, respectively. Solar and biomass sources fulfilled 7% and 6% of the nation's energy needs, respectively.
REN's data shows that non-renewable electricity, in this case, natural gas, accounted for 18%. Energy imports met the remaining 19% of domestic consumption.
In May alone, renewable power generation supplied 49% of domestic consumption. Non-renewable sources and imports were responsible for 17% and 34%, respectively.
REN noted that the country’s overall electricity consumption was down 1.9% year-on-year in May, or 2.4% when adjusted for temperature effects and the number of working days.