Portugal: Summary

Updated: 06.02.2019

Author: Moïra Jimeno

Support schemes

In Portugal, electricity from renewable energy plants registered until 7 November 2012 is promoted through a feed-in tariff. Since then, support to new RES plants can be provided through a general regime, i.e. Wholesale Electricity Market (in Portuguese MIBEL), or under the guaranteed remuneration system. The latter is contingent upon the capacity allocated through public tender initiative. Yet, tender rules have never been published, nor has any auction initiative been launched. The unique remuneration regime for electricity produced from small production installations (UPP) and for self-consumption (UPAC), came into force in January 2015 and is based on a bidding model in which producers offer discounts to a reference tariff.

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Grid issues

Connection to the grid shall be granted according to the principle of non-discrimination and priority shall be given to electricity produced from renewable energy sources. As a rule, plant operators are not entitled to development of the grid. Yet, the grid operator has the general obligation to develop his grid and prepare a Transmission Grid Development and Investment Plan (PDIRT). 

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In Portugal, the government created a fund to finance research and projects on innovation and technological development in the field of renewable energy, as well as to support campaigns raising awareness on RES issues. With regards to policies in the building sector, the obligation to use solar thermal collectors for heating water and other regulations on the certification of performance and durability of installations and components are in place. In addition, training programmes for installers of RES plants are already part of the education system.

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Further information

  • Ministério da Economia, da Inovação e do Desenvolvimento. Direcção Geral de Energia e Geologia (DGEG) – Directorate General for Energy and Geology at the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development
  • +351 217 922 782
  • DGEG website
  • Racionalizacao.Energia(at)dgge.pt
  • Entidade Reguladora dos Serviços Energéticos (ERSE) – Energy Services Regulatory Authority
  • +351 213 033 200
  • ERSE website
  • erse(at)erse.pt
  • Rede Eléctrica Nacional, S.A. (REN) – Concession holder of the National Electricity Transmission Grid (RNT)
  • + 351 210 013 500
  • REN website
  • EDP Distribuição – Main Distribution System Operator
  • +351 808 100 100
  • EDP website