Estonian news - Tuul March 25, 2014
Baltic News Service, 25.03.2014
Consumption of electricity in Estonia dropped 2 percent year on year to 723 gigawatt-hours and production shrank 19 percent to 864 GWh in February.
The decline in production was due to the fall in the export of electric energy. Estonia exported 141 GWh of electricity last month, 57 percent less than during the same period of the previous year, the transmission system operator Elering said.
The output of renewable energy meanwhile soared 48 percent. The production of wind energy doubled to 49 GWh and the amount of electricity produced from biomass and biogas surged 22 percent.
In Latvia electricity production decreased 7 percent in annual comparison to 489 GWh. This was mainly due to the smaller supply of water in the Daugava River as a result of which the output of hydroelectric power plants fell 12 percent year on year. The production of the Riga-based cogeneration plants dropped by more than a third. Latvia’s electricity balance showed a shortfall of 138 GWh last month. Domestic output covered 78 percent of consumption and the rest was imported from Estonia.
Lithuania’s electricity production decreased 13 percent, totaling 237 GWh. Domestic production covered only 28 percent of consumption and import totaled 614 GWh. Of the deficit 66 percent was covered by import through Latvia and 34 percent came from third countries.
The aggregate electricity deficit of the Baltic states was 69 percent bigger than the year before at 611 GWh. February deficit accounted for 28 percent of the three countries’ total consumption.
Production of electricity in the Nordic countries again took a downward turn in February. The main reason for the decline was short supply of hydroenergy in the first half of the month. The decrease was also affected by a drop in consumption owing to warm weather conditions. The electricity balance of the Nordic countries was positive by 1.3 terawatt-hours in February, which is nearly three times more than a year earlier.