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Report: Over half of Finland's electricity in 2020 came from renewable sources

Last year was the first time the share of renewable sources rose above 50 percent, Statistics Finland said.

The rise in renewables was mostly driven by the increase in the use of hydro and wind power. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

More than half of the electricity produced in Finland last year came from renewable energy sources, according to preliminary figures released by Statistics Finland on Tuesday.

This marks the first time the share of renewable sources has risen above 50 percent, the number-crunching agency noted.

"Electricity produced with renewable energy sources totalled a record amount of 34.7 TWh. For the first time, renewable energy sources covered more than one half of Finland's electricity production: 52 percent," the agency's press release stated.

The rise in renewables was mostly driven by the "considerable" increase in the use of hydro and wind power, which accounted respectively for 45 percent and 23 percent of all renewable electricity generated in 2020.

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In terms of total electricity production, 82 percent was covered by domestic production and 18 percent by net imports of electricity from the Nordic countries, Russia and Estonia.

Of the domestic production figure, some 34 percent was produced with nuclear power and 14 percent with fossil fuels and peat.

The amount of electricity produced with fossil fuels last year was therefore down by 20 percent compared to 2019, while use of peat was down 29 percent and coal by 44 percent, Statistics Finland's figures further revealed.