Published: 27 January 2011
According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, approximately 5.7 million tonnes (approx. 39.8 TWh) of hard coal were consumed as fuel in the generation of electricity and heat during 2010. Expressed in tonnes, the consumption of hard coal increased by 25 per cent from 2009. In the last quarter of the year, the consumption totalled 1.9 million tonnes (12.9 TWh), which is 27.8 per cent more than in the respective quarter of 2009. Use of hard coal went up especially in separate production of electricity.
Consumption of Hard Coal, million tonnes
In 2010, the consumption of hard coal was ten per cent up on the average for the 2000s. In December 2010, the stocks of hard coal were 24 down year-on-year. Total electricity consumption went up by 7.6 per cent in 2010. Over 60 per cent more coal was used in separate production of electricity than one year earlier. The consumption was put up by the cold winter and diminished production of hydro power. At the same time the water situation in the Nordic countries was weaker than in the previous year. More electricity than before was also produced for the Nordic market. Figures on monthly consumption in 2010 have been corrected due to revised data.
Source: Since 2005 Statistics Finland, 1997-2004 Coal User's Committee/Finergy, Statistics Finland
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