Portugal has hit a milestone in renewable energy production.
Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.
Electricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday, the analysis says.
News of the zero emissions landmark comes just days after Germany announced that clean energy had powered almost all its electricity needs on Sunday 15 May, with power prices turning negative at several times in the day – effectively paying consumers to use it.
That’s great! Congratulations Portugal! But, why only four days? The article fails to address this question. Was it an experiment, to see if it could be done? Or was it that Portugal had a slight decrease in energy demands during those four days, for whatever reason, and so all of its energy demands happened to be covered by their renewable energy sources alone?
One way or another, keep it up! There may be some hope after all.