Windpower Monthly rating 3.5/5
Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.
Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.
There has been a very strong support for wind projects in Portugal over the last 20 years and there is a wide political consensus around this option.
The peak has passed but there is a continuous flow of mergers & acquisitions and foreign investment interest in Portuguese wind power.
There is a natural limit in terms of balance of sources as currently wind accounts already for about 1/3 of the electricity produced in Portugal.
This may only grow significantly if the European plan to seriously increase the interconnection capacity in the Pyrenees bottleneck takes off as it would allow for massive export to central Europe.
PORTUGAL The combined factors of austerity and close-to-saturation wind penetration in Portugal continue to slow the rate of growth.
PORTUGAL: Portugal's wind association, APREN, expects new capacity in 2014 to fall below even 2013's 202MW.
PORTUGAL: Portugal's wind market is facing stagnation.
PORTUGAL: Portugal will reach its renewable energy action plan goal, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), and provide 31% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. With almost 6.9GW wind power capacity producing 14.6TWh by 2020, wind is expected to cover almost 23% of electricity consumption. EWEA points out that wind production capacity factors may have been underestimated in the national plan, so the final figure could be even higher than projected.
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Electricity market reforms are key to achieving the Portuguese government's 2040 target of producing 90% of energy demand from renewables, according to a report commissioned by the Portuguese renewables lobby Apren.
China Three Gorges' (CTG's) new chairman accompanied Chinese president Xi Jinping on a state visit to Portugal this month raising speculation the event would be used to facilitate the group's attempt to acquire a majority stake in developer EDP.
PORTUGAL: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will loan €60 million to the Windplus consortium to develop the 25MW pre-commercial WindFloat floating wind project 20km off Portugal.
PORTUGAL: K2 Management has acquired Cruz Atcheson, a Lisbon-based engineering consultancy that specialises in floating offshore wind, wave and tidal power.
PORTUGAL: MHI Vestas has confirmed it will provide three V164-8.4MW turbines for the WindFloat Atlantic project off the country's north-west coast.