Estonian news - etea June 7, 2013
Baltic News Service, 07.06.2013
Estonia’s electricity production totaled almost 12 terawatt-hours last year, which marks a year-on-year drop of 7 percent, while production of electricity from renewable sources increased by about a fourth, Statistics Estonia said on Friday.
The decline in the total production of electricity was mainly due to more favorable import opportunities from Nordic countries and the decrease in exports, the statistics agency said.
Imports from Finland accounted in 2012 for 60 percent of total imports and more than tripled in comparison with the previous year.
Although Estonia continues exporting large amounts of electricity total exports decreased by 6 percent year-on-year.
The growth in electricity production from renewable sources was the most affected by wood fuels which increased by nearly a third compared to 2011 and accounted for 68 percent of renewable electricity. The production of wind electricity grew by almost one fifth in annual comparison.
While the consumption of oil shale by power plants declined by 8 percent consumption by refineries increased due to the growth of shale oil production, whereas the volume of oil shale production did not change from the previous year. Shale oil production increased by 7 percent year-on-year and 80 percent of the output was exported. More than one third of this amount is exported to the Netherlands and over a fifth to Belgium.
According to Eurostat data the share of renewable energy in end consumption of energy varies a great deal across the European Union.
In 2011 the highest share of renewable energy was observed in Sweden at 46.8 percent. The smallest shares were recorded in Malta (0.4 percent) and Luxembourg (2.9 percent). In Estonia the share of renewable energy was 25.9 percent. Estonia was the first EU member state to exceed the 2020 target of 25 percent renewable energy.
Statistics Estonia collects electricity production data from all enterprises producing electricity – both those that transmit the production into the network and those that produce electricity for own use. In 2012 the sample included 60 enterprises.