The electricity consumption in Portugal amounted to 169 Gigawatt-hour (GWh) on Thursday, the highest value since January 2011, according to data from the REN – National Energy Networks.
This peak of consumption of electricity is the result of the cold weather, that on Thursday, the 19th, left all of the districts of continental Portugal under yellow warning, the third most serious in a scale of four. The consumption was stocked with 46% of renewable 22% coal and 26% natural gas in combined cycle power plants, according to the manager of the electricity network. On Thursday it was also reached a historical maximum in the consumption of natural gas, 252,4 GWh, and the value of the electrical market has reached 103,2 GWh and the value of the conventional market 149,2 GWh.
according To REN, "the hourly capacity of the pipeline was near its limit, repeatedly, in the last days". The natural gas terminal of Sines reached, on the 12th of January, the maximum injection capacity of physical natural gas in the transportation pipeline Sines, reflecting the increase in the consumption of natural gas in Portugal that resulted from the cold wave that has been sweeping the country and the needs of the production of electricity.