Portugal’s green energy revolution Graham Land Aug 11th, 2010 Climate Change 5 Comments Tweet photo by Somerset Bob (Flickr Creative Commons) During a trip last month from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon to its second largest city Porto, in the north of the country, I noticed a lot of wind turbines dotting the landscape. I’m not the only one either. The New York Times published a piece yesterday on Portugal’s green makeover. Wind, hydro, solar and wave power are fueling the small Iberian republic’s move from fossil fuels to renewable energy – and they’ve got the resources to do it. Few countries in Europe have these key ingredients: lots of wind and sun, suitable rivers and a coastline complete with powerful waves and ocean currents. These clean sources of energy will provide 45% of Portugal’s electricity this year. By 2025, other European nations – Denmark, Ireland and the UK – are expected to source at least 40% of their power from renewables. That’s double of what is expected of the US. Land-based wind power — this year deemed “potentially competitive” with fossil fuels by the International Energy Agency in Paris — has expanded sevenfold in that time. And Portugal expects in 2011 to become the first country to inaugurate a national network of charging stations for electric cars. –New York Times Since Portugal is low in fossil fuel deposits, but high in renewable resources, this transition hasn’t required a raise in taxes or public debt. What it has or currently imports in the form of gas, coal and oil are replaced by domestic clean power. It even exports a small amount of electricity to Spain. Read more in the following two articles in New York Times by Elisabeth Rosenthal: Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover Beyond Fossil Fuels: Costs and Benefits SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox. Given email address is already subscribed, thank you! Please provide a valid email address. Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.