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Published: 23 June 2011

Total energy consumption fell by 3 per cent in the first quarter

Corrected on 20 October 2011

Preliminary data on energy consumption concerning the first and second quarters of 2010 and 2011 have been corrected. The corrections concern the consumption of the energy sources of natural gas, coal, peat, wood fuels and the group others. The figures regarding nuclear energy, hydro power and wind power have changed only a little. The above-mentioned changes also have an effect on the annual changes of energy use. In the following, preliminary change percentages will be reported as integers. The corrections have also changed the volume of total energy consumption. Changes in the use of fossil fuels and peat also have an impact on the energy sector's carbon dioxide emissions, the data concerning which have been corrected accordingly.

Further information about the correction

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data, total energy consumption in the first quarter of 2011 amounted to nearly 410 PJ (petajoule), or 114 TWh (terawatt hours), which was 3 per cent less than in the corresponding period of 2010. Consumption of electricity amounted to 25.4 TWh, down by 0.1 per cent. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy production and use remained on level with the previous year.

Total energy consumption, PJ

Total energy consumption, PJ

Of individual energy sources, the consumption of oil decreased the most in absolute terms, by 8 per cent and that of wood fuels diminished the second most, by 4 per cent. The consumption of coal went down by 0,9 PJ, or by one per cent. The consumption of peat went up by 5.3 PJ, or by 16 per cent in the first quarter of the year. The consumption of natural gas in turn fell by 2 per cent. Combined heat and power production went up by 4 per cent.

Domestic production of electricity remained on the same level as last year. Eight per cent of the electricity consumed in Finland was covered with imported electricity. In all, 3 per cent more electricity than in the previous year was also produced for exports to the Nordic market. The increase in electricity exports is partly explained by the lower than average water supply in the Nordic countries, particularly in Sweden and Norway, which has reduced the production of electricity with hydro power. In Finland 12 per cent less electricity was produced with hydro power. Net imports of electricity to Finland declined by 3 per cent in all. The production of wind power grew by over 80 per cent. Energy produced with wind power accounted for 0.1 per cent of energy consumtion in the first quarter of 2011.

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

Energy source 4) I/2010* I/2011* Annual change-%* Percentage share of total energy consumption*
Oil 91,577 84,627 -8 21
Coal 1) 67,669 66,743 -1 16
Natural gas 50896 50,054 -2 12
Nuclear Energy 2) 64,078 64,113 0 16
Net Imports of Electricity 3) 7,494 7,257 -3 2
Hydro and Wind Power 3) 10,846 9,776 -10 2
Peat 33,098 38,348 16 9
Wood fuels 85,573 82,449 -4 20
Others 10,926 10,617 -3 3
Energy total consumption 422,157 410,362 -3 100
Bunkers 7,559 8,628 14  
CO2 emissions from energy sector 19 19 0  
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: Statistics Finland, Energy supply and consumption

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Updated 20.10.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Energy supply and consumption [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-7976. 1st quarter 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.6.2023].
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