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Portugal's ecological land handed over to councils for developement

comportaestatePart of successive governments' devolution strategy has involved transfering the responsibility for ecological land (REN) to local councils which now are at liberty to reclassify these areas to suit local developers.

This increases the likelihood of corruption on a grand scale as former ecological land is relased for tourist development.

Supermoon 'the closest since 1948'

supermoonThe Supermoon that will occur on November 14th, 2016, will be the closest a Full Moon has been to Earth since January 25, 1948.

A Supermoon happens when a Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Moon's closest approach to Earth; also called perigee. A Super Full Moon looks around 12% to 14% bigger than its counterpart, the Micromoon.

SHS brings TESLA POWERWALL to the Algarve

SHS brings TESLA POWERWALL to Algarve !!It does not only look fantastic, it is the latest Battery technology: TESLA POWERWALL

Everybody knows Tesla and their electric sports car, but not many people know the car was never built to create a car, it was made for the battery technology.

Aljezur Swimming Pools implement energy efficiency solutions

Aljezur Swimming Pools implement energy efficiency solutionsOn September 14th the municipality of Aljezur, in partnership with the SANDY-Regional Agency of energy and environment of the Algarve, received the Group of European partners that integrate the project Nearly Zero-Energy Sports Facilities.

This is a project which aims to assess the energy situation of a set of 18 sports facilities of the European Union, more specifically Portugal, Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, Ireland, Denmark and Croatia, to subsequently seek to define and implement a package of innovative energy efficiency solutions to reduce more than 50% of current energy consumption.

Monchique Fire in Pictures

Monchique Fire in PicturesWith thanks to photographer, David Pickering, who shares some shots of the September fire aftermath in Monchique lest we forget the vast area consumed and the extraordinary effort from local bombeiros, air support and the Army to put out the flames and to stop them re-igniting.

If you have photos of this event that you want to share, please send them to fire@algarvedailynews.com

High electricity prices are choking Portuguese growth

windfarmseaPortugal is set to begin phasing out support for utilities generating renewable power, a top government official said, as Lisbon tackles high electricity prices that are hampering efforts to bolster its struggling economy.

The secretary of state for energy, Jorge Seguro Sanches, told Reuters there will be no abrupt changes to contracts or legislation, while the eight-month old government will keep promoting renewable energy and push for power links with central Europe and Morocco in north Africa to develop energy exports.

Algarve temperatures to hit 42°C, (107.6°F) daily until Tuesday

6199Hot enough yet?

Tomorrow, Friday 5th August, the temperature across the Algarve is set to hit 42°C, (107.6°F) according to the Portuguese weather service which predicts a 'significant rise' in temperature from the 5th to the 9th of August.

Unsurprisingly, the heat is due to "a warm, dry air-flow from the east.”

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy aloneElectricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday, the analysis says.

And EDP made about 5 Billion euros profit last year !! SO WHY DO OUR EDP BILLS NOT GO DOWN !!??