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Finnish Carbon Emissions Fall as Hydropower Imports Increase

October 17, 2012

Carbon dioxide emissions from Finnish power producers fell by 43 percent in the first nine months of 2012 compared with the same period last year, according to the country's Energy Industries Association.

Increased imports of electricity from Sweden together with high domestic hydropower output displaced generation from carbon dioxide-emitting thermal power stations, according to data published on the association’s website today.

Net power imports to Finland rose 31 percent to 13.2 terawatt-hours in the nine months, mainly due to a more than 23- fold increase to 11.2 terawatt-hours in net imports from Sweden. The increased imports caused thermal power output to decline by 27 percent to 20 terawatt-hours, the data showed.

Finnish hydropower output rose by 45 percent to 12.1 terawatt-hours, according to the data.

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