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Estonia’s electricity output contracts 0.5 pct in 2011 – statistics

Estonian news - etea September 5, 2012

Baltic News Service, 05.09.2012

12,892 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity during 2011, 0.5 percent less than in the year before, figures made available by Statistics Estonia show.

Electricity generated using oil shale totaled 10,899 GWh and made up 84.5 percent of the total amount generated. Electricity generated using wood totaled 740 GWh, electricity generated using oil shale gas totaled 435 GWh and electricity generated using natural gas, 249 GWh.

The share of wind energy was 2.9 percent or 368 GWh, and compared with the preceding year the amount generated at wind farms was bigger by 32.9 percent.

Output of hydro energy totaled 30 GWh last year, marking an increase of 11.1 percent over 2010.

Of thermal energy 3,497 GWh was produced, 13.1 percent less than in 2010. During the year 907 GWh of heat was produced using wood, 851 GWh using natural gas and 811 GWh using oil shale.

Power stations consumed 14.4 million tons of oil shale in 2011, of which 97 percent was used to produce electricity and 3 percent to produce heat. Oil shale consumption by power plants dropped 6.3 percent year on year.

Consumption of wood waste and chips came to 2.3 million cubic meters, of which 47 percent was used to produce electricity and 53 percent to produce heat.

Consumption of oil shale gas by power plants totaled 3,317 terajoules (TJ), of which 87 percent was used to produce electricity and 13 percent to produce heat. Consumption of oil shale gas by power plants fell 51.8 percent compared to 2010.

 

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