Finland’s usage of fossil fuels for electricity production and heat grew in 2013, according to Statistics Finland - the only Finnish statistical authority on Friday.
Statistics Finland confirmed Finland's electricity production in 2013 was 68.3 terawatt-hour - a one percent growth from 2012 and stated that production of district heating fell by seven percent.
The authority confirmed that 81 percent of Finland's electricity consumption was met through domestic production with 19 percent being supplied through net electricity imports from Nordic countries; Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Russia.
Almost 36 percent of electricity was produced with renewable energy sources and half of this was with hydropower and with wood. Thirty three percent was generated through nuclear power and 26 percent was from fossil fuels.
The usage of renewable fuels increased in the production of electricity and heat. Most notably, the use of fossil fuels particularly hard coal increased by 38 percent from the previous year.
The production of district heating totaled 34.5 TWh in 2013 - an annual decrease by seven percent. Almost half of all district heating was produced with fossil fuels and the use of renewable fuels in district heating grew by six percent from the previous year.
The country’s most important renewable sources of energy include bioenergy, hydropower, wind power and solar energy, according to the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
By Murat Temizer