HELSINKI: The total energy consumption in January to March amounted to 361 petajoule in the first quarter of 2015, which was almost six per cent less than in the corresponding period in 2014, according to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data.
Electricity consumption amounted to 23.4 terawatt hours (TWh), which is two per cent lower than one year earlier. In the production of energy, carbon dioxide emission decreased by 14 per cent year-on-year. Among individual energy sources, the largest reduction of 23 per cent was seen in the consumption of peat (6.2 PJ) in the January to March period.
The consumption of coal, including hard coal, coke, and blast furnace and coke oven gas decreased by 11 per cent (4.5 PJ), similarly as that of natural gas (3.4 PJ). In turn, the consumption of oil grew by four per cent (2.7 PJ) and that of wood fuels fell by six per cent (6.2 PJ), the data show. Domestic production of electricity declined by five per cent in January to March period compared to the production during the corresponding period of last year.