Renewables cover over half of Finland’s electricity production

Renewable energy sources covered more than 52% of Finland’s electricity production in 2020, a new report released by Statistics Finland shows. [Shutterstock / Ekaterina Kondratova]

Renewable energy sources covered more than 52% of Finland’s electricity production in 2020, a new report released by Statistics Finland shows. This is the first time that renewables made up over half of the country’s energy mix.

According to the preliminary report published on Tuesday, increased production of wind and especially hydropower has driven the trend. 23% of the country’s renewable energy was produced with wind power, 45% with hydropower and the rest with wood-based fuels.

The share of nuclear power in electricity production in 2020 was 34% and the combined share of fossil fuels and peat was 14%, a dramatic fall from the year before. The amount of electricity produced with fossil fuels decreased by 20%, while hard coal’s share in production decreased by 44%. Natural gas saw a slight increase to 3.6% of electricity production.

Finland’s total electricity production has stayed almost on level with 2019. Domestic electricity production covers some 82% of total electricity consumption while 18% is imported from the Nordic countries, Russia and Estonia.

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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