Portugal’s Renewable Energy Feats

An example of what’s possible for the world

Portugal renewable energy 100%

Portugal is proving that it is technically possible to safely and reliably run a power grid with high levels of renewable energy. In March they produced more electricity from renewables than they consumed as a country (103%). They did still use fossil fuels when renewables couldn’t meet demand, but it shows what our technology is already capable of. And the technology is only getting better over time.

Portugal plans on closing its remaining two coal-fired power stations by 2030 and expects to match 100% of electricity demand (not just one month’s demand) with renewables by 2040.

This post originally featured as a section of the What on EARTH?! sustainability newsletter.

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