Portugal achieved a significant milestone by relying solely on wind, solar, and hydropower for six consecutive days, demonstrating its commitment to renewable energy. During this period, the country’s renewable energy production exceeded the needs of industrial and household consumption, with gas plants on standby but not required.
Portugal’s strategy involves a diversified approach to renewable resources, including offshore wind, solar expansion, and repowering older wind projects. The recent achievement reflects a historic shift in energy sources, with natural gas use dropping 39% year-over-year. The nation aims to eliminate gas generation entirely by 2040 as part of its grid decarbonization efforts. Despite challenges, such as slow permitting processes, Portugal’s clean energy success serves as a blueprint for sustained reliance on renewables, paving the way for future advancements in offshore wind and other technologies.