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Estonian electricity production increased in January, though consumption decreased

02.03.2017 16:47

Estonian electricity production increased by five per cent this January in a year-on-year comparison, reaching 1,140 gigawatt-hours.

Production from renewable resources grew by 27 per cent and production from wind energy increased by almost a half. The amount of electricity produced from biomass increased by one tenth and hydro energy production grew by 83 per cent. Production from fossil fuels increased by two per cent.

In Estonia, domestic electricity consumption decreased by seven per cent to 844 gigawatt-hours. The fall in consumption was influenced by this January being warmer than January last year. Electricity produced from renewable resources covered 14.8 per cent of domestic power consumption.

Electricity production exceeded consumption in January by 35 per cent, making the surplus of electricity balance 296 gigawatt-hours. A year ago, the surplus was 183 gigawatt-hours.

In Latvia, electricity production increased by 15 per cent in January. Production increased due to hydro energy, since this January had an abundant supply of water compared to the same month last year. Electricity consumption decreased by four per cent in Latvia, from 725 gigawatt-hours to 695 gigawatt-hours, taking the electricity balance of Latvia into surplus by 45 gigawatt-hours.

In Lithuania, domestic production decreased by as much as 21 per cent, while consumption increased by two per cent. Production and consumption totalled 206 and 980 gigawatt-hours, respectively.

In January, the gross electricity production of the Baltic states increased by five per cent, amounting to 2,086 gigawatt-hours in a year-on-year comparison. By contrast, electricity consumption decreased by three percent to 2,519 gigawatt-hours. The Baltics as a whole was in deficiency by 434 gigawatt-hours in January, though the deficiency decreased by 28 per cent in a year-on-year comparison.

In the Nordic countries, production decreased by five per cent in comparison with January 2016 – 11 per cent in Denmark and seven per cent in Norway and Finland. Swedish electricity production did not change in a year-on-year comparison. Electricity consumption fell by seven per cent in the Nordic countries as a whole. The gross balance of production and consumption in the Nordic countries was in surplus by 905 gigawatt-hours.