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Latest publication: Consumption of hard coal 2019, September

Published: 29 April 2015

Consumption of hard coal decreased by 17 per cent in January to March

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, consumption of hard coal decreased by 17 per cent in the January to March period compared with the corresponding period of last year. Consumption as a fuel in the generation of electricity and heat amounted to 1.1 million tonnes, corresponding to around 27 petajoules in energy content. Compared to the average for the early 2000s, consumption of hard coal was now 36 per cent lower.

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes
The data for years 2014 and 2015 are preliminary.

The warmer January than last year in part influenced the use of hard coal in separate electricity production, which was 44 per cent lower in January to March than in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Hard coal consumption in Finland typically fluctuates seasonally. Some of the fluctuation is explained by the natural variation in the need for electricity and heat between the summer and winter seasons. The water situation in the Nordic countries also affects the demand for condensate production in particular. The varying production volumes of wind power can also contribute to it. Therefore, long-term consumption development cannot be deducted from the change in hard coal consumption in successive years.

At the end of March 2015, stocks of hard coal totalled 3.5 million tonnes, or 26 per cent more than one year earlier.

Source: Consumption of hard coal, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ville Maljanen 029 551 2691, energia@stat.fi

Deputy director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. March 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.1.2020].
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