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Electric power generation in Latvia decreases 11.2% in nine months

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LETA Latvian News Agency

RIGA, Oct 18 (LETA) - During the first nine months of 2019, Latvia generated 4,519 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electric power, down 11.2 percent from the same period last year, according to an electricity market review released by Augstsprieguma Tikls transmission system operator.

Thermal power stations Rigas TEC-1, Rigas TEC-2, Rigas Siltums, Juglas Jauda and Fortum generated 2,188 GWh of power. In January-September 2019, power generation by the thermal power stations rose 15.6 percent year-on-year.

Hydropower plants on the Daugava River generated 1,359 GWh of power in January-September 2019, down 37 percent from the same period a year ago, while small hydropower plants generated 36,704 MWh of electric power, or 18.3 percent less than a year ago.

Combined heat and power plants generated 290m468 MWh of electricity the first nine months of this year, down 11.6 percent against the same period in 2018, and biomass-fired power plants generated 289,487 MWh of power, down 8.8 percent. Power plants running on biogas generated 245,814 MWh of electricity, down 5.7 percent from the first nine months of 2018.

Power generation by Latvia's wind farms increased by 22.7 percent year-on-year to 107,623 MWh and solar power stations generated 1,443 MWh of electricity, up 22.6 percent.

According to the Augstsprieguma Tikls report, electricity consumption in Latvia declined 1.7 percent year-on-year to 5,340 GWh in January-September 2019.

In September Latvia generated 97 percent of the electric power consumed during the month, which is a rise of 29 percentage points from September 2018.

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