Electricity production from renewable energy sources increasing steadily

Posted on 6 September 2021, 10:07

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2020, power plants produced 5,516 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity, which is three quarters of last year’s production. The volume of electricity produced from oil shale decreased by a half.

According to Helle Truuts, analyst at Statistics Estonia, electricity production from renewable energy sources continued to grow last year. “Electricity production from wood fuel grew by 13% in a year, accounting for a fourth of total electricity production. Wind energy production amounted to 843 GWh, which is 23% more than the year before, and the production of hydro energy increased more than twofold compared to 2019,” added Truuts.

Electricity produced from oil shale accounted for 40% of the total electricity production. Heat generation in power plants totalled 4,518 GWh, which is 5% less than the previous year.

Electricity and heat energy are produced more and more in cogeneration plants. As a result, electricity production decreased by nearly 7% year on year. At the same time, the share of electricity produced in the cogeneration process grew to nearly 26% of the total production.

Electricity production by source of energy, 2020

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More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.

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