Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Portugal

In Portugal, 2012 was an atypical year in Portugal with regards to energy. Due to the efficiency measures implemented in recent years, but also due to the economic recession, electricity consumption in Portugal dropped 3.6% to 49.1 TWh. This represents a reduction of 6% of electricity demand in the last two years. It was also an extremely dry year, the fifth driest hydro year of the past 80 years (63% below the normal climate). Therefore, due to the reduced hydro production, the renewable contribution for the energy mix decreased 17% compared to 2011.

The wind sector continued to grow with a wind generation of 10,011 GWh, which accounted for 20% of the country’s electric demand. Portugal’s wind penetration is now only surpassed by Denmark. Portugal is reaching the renewable contribution target for 2020; therefore the rate of capacity installation has slowed considerably. During 2012 only 147 MW of new wind capacity was installed compared to 315 MW in 2011. Despite slowing its deployment pace, Portugal reached the capacity of 4,517 MW. This represents 23% of renewable electricity generation’s installed capacity, which accounts for 58% of the total installed capacity.

The first offshore wind floating system (the second in the world) installed in the north of Portugal (near Aguçadoura coast) operated smoothly throughout the year and produced more than 1.7 GWh in the first half of 2012. Read the entire report here.