Earth Hour doesn’t move the needle on Finland’s electricity grid

Central Helsinki during Earth Hour on Saturday, 28 March. (Yle)
Central Helsinki during Earth Hour on Saturday, 28 March. (Yle)
Several Finnish landmarks turned the lights out on Saturday night to mark the WWF’s Earth Hour event to highlight climate change.

Finland’s grid operator said that the event did not make a noticeable difference to electricity consumption.

The annual Earth Hour took place on Saturday night, with landmarks across Finland—including Yle’s television tower in Pasila, Helsinki—turning out the lights to raise awareness about climate change. Organiser WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) said that people in some 172 countries took part this year.

Raising awareness about climate change

The idea of the event is to encourage individuals, organisations and businesses to turn their lights out for an hour to raise awareness of climate change. In Finland, however, the event made no difference to electricity consumption.

“We have good metering figures, but there are so many ways to consume power that switching lights off isn’t really noticeable,” said Fingrid planning chief Timo Kaukonen, who said similar observations had been made during previous Earth Hours.

The whole system uses around 10,000 megawatts, and turning out lights is worth perhaps 10 megawatts. However there are large fluctuations in power usage, particularly in industry, and so it is difficult to state the exact effect Earth Hour has.

Worldwide around 1,400 landmarks took part including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State building and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. In Finland the hour was observed by Yle, Sanomatalo in Helsinki, Finlandia house, and the tower at the Olympic Stadium, among other buildings.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Canada ponders exceptions to relief well rule for Arctic oil drilling, Alaska Dispatch

Finland: Finns still sharply divided over wind power, Yle News

Greenland: Arctic oil and gas must stay in ground to restrict warming to 2°C says study, Blog by Mia Bennett

Iceland:  From Arctic Circle 2013-2014, a big drop in the price of oil, Blog by Mia Bennett

Norway:  In Arctic, Norway steps on the gas, Barents Observer

Russia: Kremlin supports Lukoil’s Arctic ambitions, Barents Observer

Sweden: Lower electricity bills for Swedes, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska – ConocoPhillips moves ahead at Kuparuk even as layoffs hit Slope contractors, Alaska Dispatch News

 

Yle News

Yle News

For more news from Finland visit Yle News.

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.
Netiquette »

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *