Portugal’s new government brings forward 80% renewables target to 2026

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Portugal will aim to increase the share of renewables in electricity production to 80% by 2026, four years earlier than previously planned, its new government announced ahead of the country’s latest solar auction.

The target represents a significant acceleration in decarbonising the country’s power sector; between 2010 and 2022, the share of renewables in electricity production increased from 41% to 58%.

“Portugal has already taken very significant measures in the energy transition, but the evolution and duration of the war in Ukraine must necessarily imply new measures,” cabinet minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told a news conference, reported Reuters.

Having won a landslide election in January, members of the centre-left Socialist Party were sworn into office last Wednesday, before the new government released its programme on Friday.

Media reports in Portugal suggest bidders will be notified of the auction results on Tuesday, before the final results are published on 19 April.

The government is also set to cut red tape so that some PV plants can be developed faster. Environmental impact assessments for projects with a capacity of under 50MW will no longer be required, according to the country’s secretary of state for energy, João Galamba….”

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