Output of electricity in Estonia in April grew 20% over April 2012 to 921 gigawatt-hours (GWh) as consumption increased 5% to 691 GWh, the transmission system operator Elering said on Friday.
The increase in output was mainly a result of bigger exports compared with April 2012. In addition, the low price of carbon emissions quota favoured electricity generation, Elering said.
Commercial export of electricity from Estonia grew 60% over April 2012 to 539 GWh. Of exports 41% went to Lithuania, 37% to Latvia, and 22% to Finland.
Import of electricity, meanwhile, moved up 30% to 312 GWh and Latvia provided 53 %, Finland 25% and Lithuania 22% of the electricity imported into Estonia during April.
Electricity generation in Latvia in April totalled 744 GWh, 3% less than in April 2012. In Latvia the high river flows of spring started later than last year and the surplus of the Latvian electricity system in April 2013 was lower by one-third than a year ago at 134 GWh.
Latvia imported 34 GWh of electricity from Estonia and exported 154 GWh to Lithuania last month, according to balanced electricity trade figures.
In Lithuania 283 GWh of electricity was produced in April, 51% more than in the same month a year ago. Domestic output covered 34% of Estonia’s electricity consumption and the shortfall of the country’s electricity balance in April was 544 gigawatt-hours.
Of Lithuania’s imports, import from Estonia accounted for roughly 30% and import via Latvia also for 30%. Import from third countries made up 40%.
Consumption of electricity by the three Baltic countries taken together grew 6% in April year on year to 2 128 GWh, according to the initial estimate. Their aggregate shortfall in April was 181 GWh, 38% smaller than a year ago.
Source: Estonian Review (original source BNS)