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Finnish government plans to marginalise coal

Coal produces roughly 10 percent of the energy consumed by Finland, which is the Nordics’ heaviest coal consumer and burned about 4.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2016. 
Coal produces roughly 10 percent of the energy consumed by Finland, which is the Nordics’ heaviest coal consumer and burned about 4.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2016. 
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Markku Björkman - 01 Sep 2017

- The Finnish government says it will almost completely phase out coal-fired energy production by 2030, and increase carbon taxes, writes Diarmaid Williams from news- and pwer-media.

The Finnish government plans to increase its reliance on nuclear power but will also continue to reserve some coal in order to maintain energy security.

“This strategy has a goal of getting rid of coal as an energy source by 2030 ... We have to write a law ... and that will be next year,” said Riku Huttunen, director general in Finlandenergy department. 

The law will, however, leave “room for manoeuvre” to ensure security of supply, Huttunen said, meaning coal-fired power plants could still be available to avoid the risk of blackouts.