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Latest publication: Consumption of hard coal 2019, September

Published: 27 January 2010

Consumption of hard coal increased by 18 per cent in 2009

A total of 4.7 million tonnes (116,000 TJ) of hard coal were consumed as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat in 2009. The consumption increased by 18 per cent from the previous year. Despite the increase consumption was 12 per cent below the average for the 2000s. In the fourth quarter of the year, consumption amounted to 1.5 million tonnes, which was three per cent less than one year earlier. Use of hard coal went up especially in separate production of electricity. Consumption was pushed up due to a decrease in the production of hydro power from its record level of the year before.

In 2009 due to the economic downturn electricity consumption diminished by 16 per cent in industry. All in all consumption of electricity went down by seven per cent. At the same time production of hydro power decreased by 26 per cent. The diminished supply of hydro power was partly offset with condensing power produced with hard coal. The prices of both hard coal and emission rights remained markedly lower than one year ago. The first and last parts of the year were colder than the corresponding periods of the previous year, which increased the need for heating.

Consumption of Hard Coal, million tonnes

Consumption of Hard Coal, million tonnes

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. December 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.1.2020].
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