While France continues to (almost) everything rely on nuclear power ... countries are beating, at this time and regularly, records of production in renewable electricity! This month it is the turn of Portugal to achieve a real tour de force of the renewable!
A few days after Germany produces so much renewable electricity that electricity producers had to pay the customers to consume it (!!), a new European country has achieved a new "econological" record ... Portugal has managed to to eat for 4 days in a row entirely on renewable electricity!
Indeed; records and analyzes the Portuguese electricity grid showed that all the electricity consumption of Portugal was produced by solar photovoltaic, wind or hydro-electricity, this between 6h45 the 7 May 2016 and 17h45 the 11 May 2016 is more than 4 full days (107 hours )!
Renewable electricity generation is progressing rapidly in Europe, and that is a good thing. Small downside: the crisis is also passed by and on the one hand people are more careful and on the other hand the industrial activity is rather reduce now. Last year Denmark broke its own record by generating 42% of its electricity just with wind!
James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, told The Guardian. "The energy transition (towards renewable energies) is on the move and growing strongly. Records like this one will continue to be beaten soon! "
Portugal has made many efforts to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels (for electricity generation) and move to more sustainable sources. With this record set in May, power companies hope to surpass it in the coming summer. Remember that there is only 3 years, half of the electricity generation in Portugal came from oil-fired power plants and a third from nuclear! Like what: it is enough of a will strong enough to quickly and strongly reduce the dependence of a country on fossil fuels ... at least for the production of electricity (for transport it is a little more complicated for the moment ...) ! In 2016, Portugal has on average, produces almost 50% of its electricity in a renewable way!
This record of energy autonomy is attributable to good weather conditions but also to better management of the electricity network (smartgird)
Let's hope that this record will be exceeded in the coming months and years and in other European countries ... and the world towards a more econological planet!