While from the main priorities were focused on the introduction of natural gas aiming at progressively replacing oil and coal in the energy balance and liberalization of the energy market by opening this former state-owned sector to competition and private investment , the emphasis shifted for the next 5 years was on energy efficiency supply and demand sides and use of endogenous renewable energy.
A total of GWh was produced by these sources. The renewable energy produced in Portugal fell from Portugal committed to close all of the country's coal producing facilities by , making it almost completely reliant on renewable energy in the incoming years.
The largest hydroelectric power station is at the Alto Lindoso dam, with a capacity of MW. The major wind turbine manufacturers in the Portuguese market are Enercon , Vestas and Gamesa.
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Other major wind farms which are operating, or under construction, include: Portugal combines wind and hydropower by using nighttime winds to pump water uphill and sending the water back through generators to produce power the next day; the so-called Pumped-storage hydroelectricity. A large photovoltaic power project, the Serpa solar power plant , was completed in Portugal, one of Europe's sunniest areas.
The panels are raised 2 metres off the ground allowing grazing to continue. The plant provides enough energy for 8, homes and saves an estimated 30, tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Not far from there, Moura Photovoltaic Power Station is under construction. With more than , solar modules, it will have an installed capacity of 62MWp when finished.
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Solar energy generation still expensive. Although installation and operational costs shrink, solar energy is intrinsically intermittent as it depends on sunlight. New projects, such as the Gemasol solar power plant in Spain, attempt to overcome such limits.
Wind electricity, whether onshore or offshore , is a virtually unlimited and non polluting power generation source whose production costs are decreasing. This price gap is due to the higher installation and maintenance costs of offshore power plants. Despite their colossal building costs, dams are very cheap to operate and maintain once they are in service.