Portugal closed coal-fired power plants, but buys more expensive

You’ve probably heard in debates or news articles that Portugal has completely stopped generating electricity by burning coal. However, it continues to import energy from countries that use the same raw material for their production. The difference is that we are paying more for that energy compared to the time we have been producing it within the borders.

Obviously, this type of news serves to “annoy” the Portuguese. However, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Do we do it gradually?

Energy: Portugal closes coal-fired power plants, but buys more expensive


Yes! Portugal has stopped producing energy by burning coal, but continues to import energy from other countries, just as dirty, now at higher prices. This is the part that the vast majority of news media emphasizes.

However, they ignore a very important fact. It’s just that one (or more) active coal-fired power plants have to work continuously 24 hours a day and burn the raw material. This means that even if no feed-in into the grid is necessary, the systems run, which in turn entails costs.

So yes, we pay for the most expensive energy, but we only pay for what we use. In this way, the costs for the operation and maintenance of these systems do not have to be borne.

However, it should also be noted that in the field of renewable energy, almost 60% of the total energy consumed in Portugal comes from wind farms, solar farms or hydroelectric power. (2020 data)

Besides, what do you think of all this? Do you agree with the closure of coal-fired power plants? Or would you have preferred it if the country had been energetically independent? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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