The production of renewable energy reached 55.2% of total electricity produced in Portugal in 2018, representing an increase of almost 10% over the previous year, according to data released on Monday by the Directorate General for Energy and Geology (DGEG) lusa.
This increase was mainly due to the increase in hydroelectric production, which was 79% higher than in 2017, but also thanks to the higher installed power in renewables, which grew 220 megawatts (MW).
The consumption of primary energy fell by 2.8% compared to the previous year, reducing the consumption of coal and natural gas to produce electricity by 20%.
Final energy consumption increased by nearly 1.4%, driven by the aviation, road and maritime transport sectors.
The DGEG noted that in 2019 and beyond, the growth trend in renewables is expected to intensify and consolidate “the country’s ability to meet the 2020 targets”: green energies account for 60% of electricity produced and 31% of final energy consumption. EFE