Geothermal energy – derived from the planet’s natural inner heat – is a major source of power in Iceland, currently accounting for more than 30% of the country’s electricity supply. Image: the Krafla geothermal power station in Iceland (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Ásgeir Eggertsson)

Portugal’s PM in Iceland to learn from geothermal experience

PM António Costa is in Iceland today, ahead of tomorrow’s Council of Europe, to learn about the country’s geothermal experience. Secretary of state for energy Ana Fontoura Gouveia suggests the trip will be something of a sharing of ideas as Iceland wants to expand its windpower production – and this could constitute an opportunity for companies from Portugal, where the use of windpower is already widespread.