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Published: 27 October 2011

Consumption of hard coal decreased by 14 per cent from January to September

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, consumption of hard coal decreased by fourteen per cent in the January to September period compared with the corresponding period of last year. A total of 3.3 million tonnes (84 PJ) of hard coal was consumed as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat. Use of hard coal went down especially in separate production of electricity. Six per cent less coal was used in separate production of electricity than one year earlier.

Consumption of hard coal, million tonnes

Consumption of hard coal, million tonnes
The data for years 2010 and 2011 is preliminary.

Improvement of the water situation in Sweden and Norway changed the electricity market in the Nordic countries at the beginning of summer. The system price describing the market price of electricity fell in the third quarter of the year by over 20 per cent in the Nordic electricity exchange. Net imports of electricity from the Nordic countries to Finland nearly tripled at the same time. Separate production of condensate power dropped by over 50 per cent in Finland. Exports of coal condensate electricity have turned into imports of hydro electricity.

In the January to September period, consumption of hard coal was 7 per cent down on the average for the 2000s. In September 2011, the stocks of hard coal were 10 per cent up year-on-year.

Source: Consumption of hard coal, Statistics Finland

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Updated 27.10.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. September 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.7.2024].
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