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Fri, 26 Feb, 2016 12:06:47 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Feb 26
 
Windmills near Oulu. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The use of renewable energy sources in Eastern Finland is almost twice as high as the national average, according to Eastern Finland energy statistics.
 
“This can be explained very well by the fact that wood is utilised by individuals as an energy source in Eastern Finland much more than the rest of Finland,” the report stated.
 
Renewable fuels make up 62 percent of energy used in Kainuu, North Savonia, South Savonia and the North and South Karelian provinces. 
 
Nationally, only 33 percent of energy comes from renewable fuels.
 
Wood as fuel accounted for nearly half of the energy used in Eastern Finland. Other re-newable energy sources made up to 15 percent. Nationally, wood accounts for 25 per-cent of Finland's energy.
 
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Eastern Finland rose clearly above the target set by the EU: that 38 percent of Finland's energy comes from renewable sources.
 
The excessive use of renewable fuels in Eastern Finland is due to the plentiful forestry industries. So-called 'black liquor', which is produced by pulp mills, is a key element in the use of wood energy.
 
Wood energy is also obtained through other industry by-products, such as woodchips and pellets.
 
Other renewable energy sources include solar, water and wind power, as well as geo-thermal energy.
 
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