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Friday, 23 January 2009

Spain & Portugal to set up renewable energy research centre

Spain and Portugal Prime Ministers, Jose Zapatero and Jose Sacrates announced the joint setting up of a Iberian Renewable Energy Centre in the southern Spanish city of Badajoz near the Portuguese border. The two countries consider this is important in the aim to reduce their dependance on oil to produce power.

Portugal's Antonio Sa da Costa, the current vice president of the European Renewable Energy Federation will be responsible for the centre.

Spain aims to triple the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources by 2020. It is already among the three biggest producers of wind power in the European Union along with Germany and Denmark. Portugal, which is almost entirely dependent on imported energy, aims to collect 45 percent of its total power consumption fron renewable sources like solar and wind power by 2010.

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