||Energy presents itself in the XXI century as a necessity of ever-growing value.
European community reports acknowledge the adverse economic effects of a fossil-fuel
based economy, directing investment towards renewable energies. While Portugal has
exceeded European goals in renewable energy penetration, Madeira’s development
potential still has both a large growth margin and the added incentive of combating
insularity by decreasing exterior energy importation. As such, this paper establishes a
situation point of Madeira’s electrical energy production and renewable energy potential,
serving as a solid base from which to assess future policies and investment.