Portugal Generated Enough Renewable Energy To Power The Country For A Month
Portugal made headlines last month after it generated enough renewable energy to power the whole country for the entirety of March.
The national grid operator said that Portugal’s average renewable generation exceeded 103% consumption, which beat its previous record of 99.2% in 2014. This is the most amount of renewable energy that the European country has generated in 40 years.
The power surge comes from an excess of wind and hydro energy that was encouraged by a plentiful wet season providing roughly 97% of March’s electricity supply.
This also amounts to roughly 1.8 million tons of CO2 saved from the atmosphere.
RConsumers have benefitted from the abundant month by enjoying a four-euro drop in price per megawatt hour.
Portugal’s record-breaking month serves as evidence that the country could easily meet its goal of eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions and becoming carbon neutral by 2040.