Portugal exceeds target with 34,1% of renewable energy in final consumption in 2020

Unveiled the Energy Agency

The share of renewable energy in gross final consumption in 2020 was 34,1%, surpassing the 31% target established in accordance with a community directive, released today by the Energy Agency (Adene).

«There was a share of 34,1% of Renewable Energies in Gross Final Consumption in 2020, thus exceeding the target of 31,0% established in accordance with Community Directive 2009/28/EC», reads in the article from the ADENE Energy Observatory, entitled “Portugal and the energy targets for 2020”.

The entity points out, however, that, according to the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology (DGEG), there may still be corrections with the contribution of consumption of renewable energy sources not yet accounted for, but the adjustment should be below the 0,5 percentage points, not jeopardizing the achievement of the target.

Adene justifies the “significant increase” in this indicator with the reduction in consumption of fossil fuels and the replacement of fossil thermoelectric production by the production of renewable electricity.

In a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the fall in fossil fuels, particularly road fuels, was due to a reduction in travel as a result of restrictions on mobility, the agency explained.

Additionally, there was also a reduction in the consumption of coal for electricity production, culminating in the closure of the Sines Thermoelectric Power Plant at the end of last year.

The consumption of primary energy (excluding non-energy uses) in 2020 was 19 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), "far beyond the target set according to the European Directive 2012/27/EU of 22,5 Mtoe", he pointed out to Adene.

"The established target corresponds to a 25% reduction in primary energy consumption by 2020, based on projections of the PRIMES model carried out in 2007. This target was largely exceeded, with an effective reduction of 36,8% being verified", he adds the report.

According to data from REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, released in early July, “renewable generation supplied 68% of electricity consumption in the first half of the year, divided by hydroelectric power, with 32%, wind, with 26%, biomass, with 7% and photovoltaic, which for the first time reached peaks above 800 MW [megawatts], with 3%».