Energy Law in Portugal: five questions on the “state of the art”
Carla Amado Gomes (coord.)

For this project, the initial idea was to analyse the “state of art” of the Portuguese Energy Law by gathering the views of the most relevant industry professionals. We considered that it would be important to collect their views in order to amplify their opinions on the topics listed above (all related to the Energy Law in Portugal).
Carla Amado Gomes


  • Bernardo Galvão Lucas
  • Diogo Almeida
  • João Verne Oliveira
  • José Calejo Guerra
  • Nuno Carmona

With the participation of law firms

  • Abreu Advogados
  • Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira
  • Garrigues
  • Miranda & Associados
  • Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
  • PLMJ Sociedade de Advogados
  • CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
  • Sérvulo  & Associados
  • Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho
  • Vieira de Almeida

and the group

  • EnerXXI – Think Tank de Energia



  1. Do you consider the current Portuguese regulatory framework to be an incentive to investment in the energy sector? Why?
  2. How would you describe the Portuguese legal framework concerning the promotion of energy efficiency? (“The best energy is the one that is not produced”).
  3. More specifically, how would you rate the adequacy, implementation and impact of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (“PNAEE”)?
  4. Renewable energy: direct aid to investment, incentives for placing energy on the network (“feed-in tariffs”) or the free market only conditioned by the impact of the carbon tax?
  5. Green taxation reform should serve to relieve taxation imposed on other sectors or to increase the overall level of tax revenue? Do the proposals comply with the purpose of ensuring of fiscal neutrality?
  6. How do the Portuguese rules on carbon taxation compare with the goals set by the European Union and with the legal framework of the other Member States?