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Portugal Hit 70% Renewable Electricity In Q1 2013

Reposted from Lenz Blog:

Portugal wind turbines. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Portugal wind turbines.
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Portugal is the newest country to make the list of over 60% renewable electricity. According to this report by the network operator REN, it got 70% in quarter one of this year. The largest part (37%) comes from hydro, which had excellent weather conditions, leading to a 312% increase over last year’s figures. But wind also contributed 27%, with a 60% increase, also primarily due to favorable weather conditions.

As expected, generation from coal was down by 29%, and from gas was down by 44% (please cheer and applaud for Portugal now).

Thanks to this tweet by ekopolitan for the link to this piece of very welcome good news.

 
 
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is a professor of German and European Law at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, blogging since 2003 at Lenz Blog. A free PDF file of his global warming science fiction novel "Great News" is available here.

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