Last week, Portugal made a big leap in terms of renewable energy: the whole country has been running for four days thanks to renewable energies without using fossil fuels for its electricity consumption. An initiative that could lead other countries to do the same thing.
This is a world first, which could still take place. From 7 May at 6.45am to 11 May around 5.45pm, Portugal’s electricity consumption exclusively used renewable energy for its electricity. A feat that confirms that the Lusitanian country is largely ahead in the field of renewable energy in recent years. ” This corresponds to a total of 107 hours during which there was no need to use other energy sources, particularly from coal or natural gas power plants, ” explains Zero.
During the first quarter of 2013, 70% of the electricity consumed by the country came from renewable energies. Throughout 2014, the percentage was estimated at 63%. This time, the challenge was to be fully powered by these renewable energies and it lasted more than four days.
“These results show that Portugal can be more ambitious in its transition to net electricity consumption that would be 100% from renewable energies, with a huge reduction of greenhouse gases, cause of global warming. “Says Zero website
However, we must not believe that this initiative is the result of the immediate will of the government. If Portugal has been able to rely on its renewable energy for such a long time, it is mainly thanks to the weather with wind and rain. In fact, wind turbines and hydropower are among the most widely used renewable energy sources in the country. For example, in 2015, Portugal suffered a severe drought and “only” 50.4% of the electricity consumed came from renewable energy (well below the 63% of 2014).
Germany had also managed to rely on its renewable energy for its electricity consumption, thanks to the wind and the sun, but only for a few hours. Last year, Denmark even produced 140% of its electricity needs in a day thanks to wind energy. In comparison, France relied on renewables for 19.3% of its electricity consumption in October 2015.
In Portugal, this feat promises a bright future for renewable energies and there is no doubt that the country will try to make even greater progress in this field in the years to come: “This is a significant achievement for a European country, but what seems extraordinary today It will be common in Europe in a few years. Says James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, to the British newspaper The Guardian.