Portugal Powers Itself for Four Straight Days with 100% Renewable Energy
Terence Newton, Staff
Energy is perhaps the most important issue of human civilization at this time, and we are fortunate to bear witness to many exciting changes happening right before our eyes when it comes to creating the shift away from destructive fossil fuel power.
Germany has impressed Europe and the world with its success in providing nearly all of the power for its forward-thinking people from green energy sources. The small but progressive Latin American nation of Costa Rica has been in the spotlight for fueling it’s entire nation for some 285 days of the year 2015 with renewable energies. The movement towards renewable energy seems to be taking hold in Europe:
“In 2015, wind power alone met 42% of electricity demand in Denmark, 20% in Spain, 13% in Germany and 11% in the UK.” [Source]
For additional inspiration in this global effort, take notice of the actions of many corporations and individuals. CEO Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has been pushing the envelope in the push toward clean energy with his work with the Tesla battery and his challenges to the fossil fuel industry. Some are even making progress in the field of free energy, frequently drawing on the ideas and patents of Nikola Tesla, and as we recently reported, an inspiring 13-year-old invented a free energy device that can power LED lights for under $15, as was demonstrated on for a local news crew.
Now the small southern European nation of Portugal is receiving acclaim for having achieved a significant milestone in its efforts to make cut their dependency on dirty energies. Data analysis of national energy usage in Portugal recently revealed that the country was able to fully cover its power consumption with renewable energy sources for four consecutive days, which is a major accomplishment.
Capitalizing on a diversified combination of hydro-power, wind, and solar power, the nation fueled its energy needs entirely on renewable energies, “in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday.” 
Portugal’s goal of zero emissions in energy consumption is now a realistic benchmark, and the efforts to attain this will only increase. Furthermore, it appears that renewable energy is indeed the future of power for the European Union, as many are watching with excitement as this important revolution gains steam:
James Watson, the CEO of SolarPower Europe said: “This is a significant achievement for a European country, but what seems extraordinary today will be commonplace in Europe in just a few years. The energy transition process is gathering momentum and records such as this will continue to be set and broken across Europe.” [Source]
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Terence Newton is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com, interested primarily with issues related to science, the human mind, and human consciousness.
 – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/18/portugal-runs-for-four-days-straight-on-renewable-energy-alone
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