Finland And Its Energy
Finland is a member of the
European Union (EU) and thus has its climate change goals set by
that body. At the same time, the Finnish government has its own
governing power over its country. For example, it decided that it
would not support the ban on incandescent bulbs currently.
Households at the moment are still allowed to use this kind of
lighting, but other types of locations (aka industry) are not
allowed to use this type of lighting in Finland.
Electricity costs are fixed in Finland at a high rate. Those rates
start to decline the more that one consumes. The bulk consumers get
a lower price for their electricity as they continue to purchase
Finland has to count on Russia for the bulk of its electricity. That
is to say that 71% of the total power consumed in Finland comes from
Russia. They simply have better ability to produce and provide this
type of power. At the same time, this clearly leaves Finland at a
security risk to Russia. In recent years partly because of this
issue, the people of Finland have started to strongly pushing for
wind energy. More than 90% of the country supports this type of
alternative energy according to recent polls.
Plenty of alternative energy strategies have been pushed for in
Finland. Wind power is the one with the most support, but there are
plenty of other popular options that are moving forward.
Hydro-electric power is another option that is being pushed for in
the country, along with solar heating. Low energy homes are being
promoted as a way to save on total energy costs.
Clearly, with so much power coming from Russia, there is a great
incentive for the country to make the changes necessary to ween
itself from being so heavily reliant on another country for their
power. Policies moving forward are likely going to show more and
more move towards alternative energy resources.
Finland has long been considered a leader on these energy policy
ideas. They are likely to produce numerous innovations for us all in
the future. That can be a great way for the whole world to start to
save on energy costs.
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