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Mon, 23 Sep, 2013 12:19:24 AM
FTimes Report, September 23
Source - Statistics Finland.
The total energy consumption in the country in the first half of 2013 amounted to around 710 petajoule (PJ), marking one per cent increase since last year, according to Statistics Finland's preliminary data. 
However, consumption of electricity amounted to 43.4 terawatt hours (TWh), which is almost at the same level as one year before. Net imports of electricity went down by around 1.8 TWh, or by about 21 per cent.
Imported electricity was replaced with domestic production, but mainly with imported fuels. Consumption of coal went up by 24 per cent (17 PJ) and separate production of electricity with hard coal grew by over 80 per cent.
The consumption of peat fell by 33 per cent. Carbon dioxide emissions decreased by four per cent from the corresponding period of last year.
Consumption of coal increased most and that of wood fuels second most. According to preliminary data, the consumption of wood increased by over seven per cent.
Wood fuels were used more than before in heating and it covered over one-quarter of Finland's total energy consumption.
The consumption of nuclear energy grew by 3.5 PJ, or some three per cent. Among individual energy sources, the largest reduction of 33 per cent was seen in the consumption of peat (14.6 PJ).
Consumption of natural gas decreased by three per cent (1.9 PJ), and the decrease in hydro power in absolute numbers was the same.
The consumption of hydro power decreased by seven per cent (1.9 PJ).
Domestic production of electricity increased by five per cent. Around 18 per cent of the electricity consumed in Finland was covered with imported electricity.

Total energy consumption by source (TJ) and CO2 emissions (Mt)

Energy source I-II/2013*4) Annual change-%* Percentage share of
total energy consumption*
Oil 156,463 -3 22
Coal 1) 86,476 24 12
Natural gas 59,662 -3 8
Nuclear energy 2) 124,337 3 18
Net imports of electricity 3) 24,434 -21 3
Hydro and wind power 3) 28,047 -6 4
Peat 30,010 -33 4
Wood fuels 183,696 7 26
Others 17,170 0 2
Bunkers 15,833 4 .
CO2 emissions from energy sector 25 -4 .
1) Coal: includes hard coal, coke, blast furnace gas and coke oven gas.
2) Conversion of electricity generation into fuel units: Nuclear power: 10.91 TJ/GWh (33% total efficiency)
3) Conversion of electricity generation into fuel units: Hydro power, wind power and net imports of electricity: 3.6 TJ/GWh (100%)
4) *preliminary

Source: Energy supply and consumption, Statistics Finland

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