Supply from wind power plant in Portugal set a new country record at the end of 2007, meeting around 20% of total electricity demand on two separate days. On December 19, reports the Portuguese Association of Renewable Energies (APREN), the country's total electricity consumption was 179.6 GWh, with wind plant contributing 20.6%. The next day, consumption was 174.5 GWh, with wind meeting 20.9% of that demand. On December 18, when electricity use in Portugal soared to its highest level to date, 183.7 GWh, wind met 13.3%. APREN adds that on average wind plant supplied around five minutes of the electricity consumed every hour in Portugal during 2007. Combined, all Portugal's renewables generation in 2007 contributed 39.7% of the electricity consumed. That means Portugal has already achieved its 39% goal for the renewables share of national electricity supply in 2010 as defined under the EU's renewable energy plan, which mandates the country to cover 31% of its total energy needs from renewables by 2020.
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