November 21, 2014
By: Emily Stewart / abc.net.au
Portugal, powered in 2013 by 58.3% Renewable Energy
Portugal has a population of just 11 million people but it is punching above its weight in renewable energy industries.
Almost 60 per cent of its energy needs came from renewable sources last year, a 20 per cent increase from 2012.
Carlos Pimenta is considered the country's renewable guru.
The former Portuguese and European Parliament member was a negotiator for the Kyoto protocol and with Al Gore a founder of the GLOBE organisation.
He said the energy market has changed dramatically since its liberalisation.
"If you go back 10 years you have centralised gas, oil and electricity with big utilities on top and consumers on bottom paying the bill," he said.
"Nowadays you have thousands of families that produce part of their own electricity... hundreds of small wind farms, solar farms, small biomass that feed-in to the grid."
Official Portuguese figures show the annual fossil fuel bill has been slashed by 800 million euros through the rise of renewables.
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