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Region’s Electricity Production Increased by 5.9%

In 2022, the production of electricity, estimated from the electricity emission data provided by the Madeira Electricity Company (EEM), increased by 5.9% compared to the previous year.

According to the information released by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of wood, analysing the mix of electricity production emitted in 2022 – the total of which was 910.3 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) – it is observed that, compared to 2021, there was a greater preponderance of water sources (+3.4%), wind (+5.2%), thermal (+6.0%), and municipal solid waste (+19.1%) to the detriment of photovoltaic (-0.4%). The distribution of the production mix between non-renewable and renewable sources remained stable compared to the previous year.

Natural gas is also highlighted as a source for the production of electricity, concentrating 13.8% of the total (22.0% in 2021), although there was a 33.6% drop compared to 2021 in the production of electricity from this source.

It should be noted that the value of energy emissions is the highest since 2012, noting that energy emissions from wind sources reached an all-time high in 2022.

The same source concludes by saying that electricity emissions in q4 2022 increased by 0.3% compared to the same period, maintaining the downward trend brought about in the previous two quarters.

Samantha Gannon

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