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Cold Weather Brings Leads to Electricity Consumption

Electricity consumption could come close Tuesday evening to reaching previous record highs of about 14,000 megawatts, according to grid operator Fingrid.

Officials are more prepared for high surges in consumption this time than in previous years. Having a sufficient amount of power is also not yet a concern, said Fingrid’s chief of operation planning Timo Kaukonen to YLE Radio News.

About one year ago, electricity consumption reached record levels of 14,776 megawatts. At the same time, both Sweden and Russia cut production to Finland, and Fingrid was faced with the threat of power shortages.

Freezing temperatures have boosted consumption levels, with more power needed to heat homes. The colder weather has increased consumption by over 1,500 megawatts compared to one week ago.

On Monday morning between the hours of seven and eight, electricity consumption was measured at 13,677 megawatts, according to the newspaper Taloussanomat. YLE

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