in March 2018, the production of energy from green sources covered the entire demand for the first time in four decades.
The news is greeted with enthusiasm by the citizens and the administration, which has set itself the goal of making Portugal a "climate neutrality" country by 2050.
The results obtained by the small nation, however, deserve to be contextualized.
According to the REN agency, in March Portugal produced 103.6% of the energy it needed from renewable sources. The average was achieved by calculating between the minimum and maximum of green energy supplied in the month, 86% on 7 March and 143% on 11 days. The main sources from which it was obtained are hydroelectric (55%) and wind power (42%).
The ecological footprint of Portugal is not as heavy as that of other countries (think, for example, that has a population of about 10.3 million people and that the city of New York alone hosts 8.5) and the real test will be there at the end of the year, when the return to cold temperatures will re-modify the values of the energy demand; however, it remains clear that the country is really aiming at renewables and that the green effort, although facilitated by pre-existing conditions, must not be diminished: certain results are certainly easier than in other contexts, but the collective effort of inhabitants and administration deserves to be praised.