Portugal stänger sitt sista kolkraftverk och ersätter med fri energi

Portugal har stängt sitt sista kolkraftverk och jobbar hårt på uppväxlingen till solenergi och vindkraft. Tillsammans med Belgien och Sverige är landet först i Europa med utfasningen av kol.

“Portugal is an example in Europe,” says Pedro Nunes, an expert in renewable energy at the University of Lisbon, and policy officer with the environmental group Zero.

The two coal plants recently closed accounted for nearly 20 percent of Portugal’s greenhouse gases, he points out.

France 24: Portugal bets all on renewables after abandoning coal

Endesa won the contract to reconvert by 2025 the Pego coal plant into a complex combining solar power, wind energy and green hydrogen. This is, after all, a place that enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year.

With that kind of resource, Portugal aims to increase solar power production by 50 percent to three gigawatts, in 2022 alone, according to a government estimate.

France 24: Portugal bets all on renewables after abandoning coal

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