Drop in electricity consumption in Finland

Image: Tommi Parkkinen / Yle  A fall in industrial production combined with warm summer weather has led to a reduction in electricity consumption in Finland.

The downturn in consumption has led to a drastic reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector.

Electricity consumption in Finland has dropped by 4.9 percent over the past twelve months.

According to the Finnish Energy Industries, the economic downturn is largely responsible.

The switch off in industry amounts to a six percent drop in electricity consumption by business while in the domestic sector consumption is down by four percent mainly as a consequence of warm weather conditions.

Imports of electric power grew by over three-quarters. This was due to a good water supply situation enabling the import of electricity from Sweden and Norway. Imports from Russia, on the other hand, have fallen by over half.

Thanks to an increase in hydro power utilization and a reduction in consumption, carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in Finland have been reduced by almost 51 percent since a year ago.

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