Utilitas produces 321,100 MWh of energy in Q2

The Estonian energy group Utilitas in the second quarter of 2018 produced altogether 321,100 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy, which is 13.7 percent less than in the same period the year before.
Of the 321,100 MWh of energy produced, 234,3000 MWh was produced from renewable means. Of the energy produced, 249,100 MWh was thermal energy and 72,000 MWh electric energy, the company said. Thanks to the use of renewable fuels and cogeneration, Utilitas this year has limited CO2 emissions by 246,000 tons.

Customers of Utilitas in the second quarter consumed 262,200 MWh of thermal energy, which is 22 percent less than the year before. Air temperature four degrees Celsius higher than the average in May 2018 and 0.6 degrees Celsius higher in June caused the smaller heat consumption. Months within the second quarter of 2017 on the contrary had an average temperature lower than the norm, which caused greater heat consumption.

“With the aim of raising the efficiency of energy production, Utilitas is to invest over 50 million euros this year,” Priit Koit, head of the Utilitas group, said. “The largest part of the investments will go to the reconstruction of the Mustamae production complex in Tallinn, as a result of which the existing boiler house will be modernized and a cogeneration plant producing electricity and heat from renewable fuel will be built,” Koit said. Cogeneration based on renewable fuels is the most efficient way of producing heat and electricity, which ensures the full use of primary energy and reduces the amount of emissions, he added.

With the aim of increasing the share of renewable fuels and reducing CO2 emissions, Utilitas has added smoke condensers to boiler houses. Boiler houses of Utilitas in Valga, Keila and Haapsalu and cogeneration plants near Tallinn have been equipped with the device in question. This summer, condensers will also be installed to the Spordi and Kristiine boiler houses in Tallinn and the boiler house in Jogeva. “Thanks to Utilitas’ substantial investment program of the last few years, heat is for the most part produced from non-fossil fuels in all of our district heating areas across Estonia,” Koit said.