Portugal has been betting heavily on renewable energies. Our country even had the cheapest energy in Europe on Christmas Day. During Christmas, Portugal set a new record for energy production without coal.
The national electrical system has gone 111 hours without using classical thermal production. Throughout the Christmas weekend, only renewable energy was consumed.
Energy: 47% came from wind production
It was between the 24th and 28th of December that Portugal managed to have energy 111 hours in a row, originating from energy production without the contribution “of any classic thermal production”. The information was provided to the Public by Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) in a statement.
According to the statement, this is a new record, made possible thanks to the “reduction of consumption during the Christmas period, associated with high wind and water availability”. “The previous maximum period without conventional thermal had occurred in April 2018, totaling 88 hours. This year, the contribution of coal to supply electricity consumption was 4%, when it usually exceeded 20% ”.
According to REN, during the Christmas weekend “the system was supplied from wind production with 47%, hydro 19%, import 17%, photovoltaic with 2% and the remaining 15% from cogeneration and biomass ”.
Even so, our country had to import almost 20% of the energy it needed. The only gateway for energy in the country is Spain.
According to the information, the average price on the 25th was € 16.04 / MWh, practically half the amount paid in Germany or Italy and up to four times cheaper than in the United Kingdom where the average price was above 61 € / MWh. Spain and Portugal reached the lowest price around noon, registering € 1.95 / MWh. You can find out more about this here.