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It's being reported that Portugal is cutting back its renewables 2020 plans significantly, with windpower goals slashed 23%.  The revision is not yet set, it's a proposed revision.

Windpower Monthly

The proposals, published last week by the economy ministry, project only 949 MW of additional wind power capacity by 2020 for a total of 5300 MW.

This is a 23% drop on the country's existing target of 6950MW target.

Predicting that the economic crisis will reduce GDP by 8% in 2020, the government said Portugal will neither need, nor be able to afford, as much renewables capacity as previously estimated.

Apart from 1.6GW of licensed capacity in the pipeline, all new renewables projects would be suspended until 2014/2015. Thereafter new licenses would be issued only if achieving the reduced 2020 targets were in doubt.

The proposal document was removed from the ministry website "for technical reasons" shortly after publication and has not reappeared.

We're becoming slaves to the Shock Doctrine.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 25th, 2012 at 11:22:28 AM EST
Because obviously the future will favor nations that are more dependent on importing oil for hard currency.
by rootless2 on Wed Apr 25th, 2012 at 02:17:45 PM EST
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egg-zackly. also blindingly clear: energy corporations have the public interest entirely above their shareholders' needs for high quarterly dividends.

if god wanted us to have solar pv panels they would have dropped from the trees.

you may be starving, but the fumes you breathe will distract you from the pain. invest in TOTAL/AGYPPE/BurP, it will help pay for your medical care!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 11:45:24 PM EST
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Crazy Horse:


We're becoming slaves to the Shock Doctrine.

shocking, ain't it? this is the stungun doctrine.

this new reasoning, (ie austerity doesn't permit us to get off smack right now and start eating right/exercising/taking care of ourselves) is beyond mystifying how the public swallow it whole for the most part.

'duh. we're broke so we have to spend more on planetary habitat destruction, and less on cleaning up our act, makes sense, not to me, but it makes sense!'

Bullet. Meet. Foot.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 11:36:00 PM EST
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