Portugal must adopt free market trade on renewables warns wind association

PORTUGAL: A major contribution from wind power means Portugal is on track to beat its 2020 renewables contribution target, however fixed prices for green energy must be phased out in favour of the free market.

Wind farms such as the with projects such this project in Candeeiros, north of Lisbon
Wind farms such as the with projects such this project in Candeeiros, north of Lisbon

The analysis by Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (Apren) suggests that renewables should exceed the target of 31% of all energy coming from renewable sources by 2020.

Renewables should secure a 35% share by 2020, the report says, provided policies promoted by government to encourage renewables deployment are followed through.

Some 82% of Portugal's electricity should come from renewables by 2020, says a report by the. Wind alone will contribute 30% of electricity by 2020, according to the report.

But Apren warns that fixed price feed-in-tariffs must be phased out. It recommends that renewables be purchased at market rates coupled with a premium to account for their role in carbon dioxide mitigation.

Apren´s document does not align with the Portuguese government's position on renewables targets. Apren sets a target of 82% of electricity from renewables by 2020, while the Government´s Strategy sets a goal of 60% by that time.

António Sá da Costa, the head of APREN, , warned that the government's demands for wind deployment may be unrealistic. "Portugal is not able to achieve the 8,500 MW for this source," he said. "There is no place on land [for it]."   


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