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Enefit wind farms produce 25% more electricity in September

BC, Tallinn, 06.10.2017.Print version
Wind farms of Enefit Taastuvenergia, renewable energy arm of the state owned Estonian energy group Eesti Energia, produced roughly 15 gigawatt-hours of electric energy in September 2017, 25% more than in the same month of the previous year, informs LETA/BNS.

All Estonian wind farms produced approximately 50 gigawatt-hours of electric energy combined during September.

During the first nine months of the year, wind turbines of Enefit Taastuvenergia produced 147 gigawatt-hours and all wind generating capacities of Estonia taken together, 464 gigawatt-hours of electric energy, Eesti Energia said

Enefit Taastuvenergia CEO Aavo Karmas attributed the increase in output to better wind conditions and improved dependability of wind turbines. He said that the dependability indicator of turbines in September was one of the best for 2017.

The amount produced by Enefit turbines, 15 gigawatt-hours, is equal to the annual consumption of about 6,000 average households.

Enefit Taastuvenergia produces electricity and heat from wind, water, biomass and mixed household waste. All capacities of Enefit Taastuvenergia taken together produced 27 gigawatt-hours of electricity in September, 13% more than in September 2016. The amount of thermal energy produced during the month was 26 gigawatt-hours, 52% more than the year before. The increase in thermal energy output resulted mainly from the operation of the waste incinerating unit at Iru just outside Tallinn, which sold significantly more heat to Utilitas Tallinn than in September last year.

The production units of Enefit Taastuvenergia are the Iru power plant, wind farms in Aulepa, Narva, Paldiski and Virtsu, and the heat and power stations in Paide and Valka. Additionally, Enefit Taastuvenergia manages the hydroelectric plants at Keila-Joa and Linnamae.

The government has announced the wish to float a minority shareholding of Enefit Taastuvenergia. Eesti Energia is currently in the process of ex-ante analysis of bringing Enefit Taastuvenergia to the market.

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