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Electricity output, consumption decline also in March

Estonian news - Tuul April 28, 2014

BNS, 28.04.2014

In March consumption of electricity in Estonia dropped 11 percent year-on-year to 725 gigawatt-hours and production fell 21 percent to 862 GWh.

The decline in consumption can mostly be attributed to warmer weather, the transmission system operator Elering said. The average air temperature in March was 8.4 degrees Celsius higher than a year earlier.

Along with the drop in consumption, also a decline in exports reduced electricity generation. Nonetheless, Estonia was an exporting system last month. Production surpassed domestic consumption by 19 percent, resulting in a surplus or net exports of 137 GWh.

Against the backdrop of a general decline in generation, the output of renewable energy increased. Production in March totaled 126 GWh, 26 percent more than a year earlier, including a 46 percent increase in the output of wind energy, which accounted for 52 percent of all renewable energy.

In Latvia electricity production fell 2 percent in annual comparison to 505 GWh. The output of the hydroelectric power plants on the Daugava River soared 81 percent year on year as flow rates increased, but at the same time production by the Riga cogeneration plants shrank 75 percent in annual comparison. Latvia’s electricity balance had a shortfall of 124 GWh in March, which is 36 percent smaller than a year earlier.

Lithuania’s electricity output fell 32 percent to 228 GWh. Domestic production covered 27 percent of consumption and the shortfall was 613 GWh of which an estimated 40 percent was covered by imports from third countries.

The aggregate electricity deficit of the Baltic states was 27 percent bigger than the year before at 601 GWh. March deficit made up 27 percent of the three countries’ total consumption.

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