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Portugal Streamlines Renewable Energy Licensing Process
2022-04-29

The Portuguese government has approved special measures to simplify the process of renewable energy production. Among the new measures are exemptions for renewable energy developers to obtain operating licenses or certificates of operation for power plants, battery storage and self-consumption projects.

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The Portuguese government has approved special measures to streamline renewable energy production procedures. The measure will be in effect for two years.

Decree 30-A/2022, published on Monday, includes exemptions for renewable energy developers from obtaining operating licenses or certificates of operation for solar power plants, battery storage and self-consumption projects, provided the grid operator confirms that the facilities are connected to the grid.

The new regulations also simplify procedures related to project environmental impact assessments (EIAs). For renewable energy projects, as long as they are not in sensitive areas, the government wants to take a project-by-project assessment approach.

This policy should also apply to hydrogen production projects where the production process is free of hazards and pollution.

The decree also states that, in order to reduce analysis and decision-making time, input and authorization from executive agencies will be required to be part of the EIA process. The decree further stipulates that projects must be accompanied by proposals to involve local residents, in particular the use of traditional activities such as sheep herding, chicken raising and beekeeping; areas authorized to grow native species or community gardens of economic value; natural and biological diversity sexual conservation projects; and projects that supply electricity to energy communities or local industries or co-invest with residents.

Finally, it is possible for existing wind power centers to integrate all of their production into the grid without limiting the administratively allocated grid-connected capacity to guarantee maximum production on a per-power center installed basis.
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