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Finland may resort to power cuts this winter | New

Due to the energy crisis in Europe, Finland may have to limit the supply of electricity to households in order to avoid shortages.

It’s a good idea for households to be prepared for pre-planned power outages, even if they are unlikely. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

Finland may have to resort to rolling interruptions next winter due to the energy crisis in Europe.

In 2021, electricity prices skyrocketed and the war in Ukraine further disrupted the energy market.

“Electricity availability largely depends on weather conditions and power generation. Long-term forecasting can be difficult. For example, we don’t know whether the winter will be cold or mild,” according to Päivi Suur-Uskian energy efficiency expert from Motiva.

Households would be notified in advance of pre-planned power outages, which would likely last between 30 minutes and two hours. Suur-Uski said blackouts would alternately target different areas, so consumption would not peak when supplies ran low. A power outage in the capital region, for example, would always affect a limited area.

“In Finland, regions vary greatly in terms of population and electricity consumption. Power outages are likely to have a greater impact in densely populated areas,” Suur-Uski said.

Stock up on water, food and a light source

It’s a good idea for households to be prepared for pre-planned power outages, even if they are unlikely.

Suur-Uski said it is advisable to have water, food and a reliable light source at home in case the power goes out. A power outage for a few hours shouldn’t cause any damage to a house. A short outage, for example, will not allow the freezer to defrost or the temperature of a house to drop much.

“Devices can almost certainly be charged for the two hours that a planned power outage could last,” Suur-Uski pointed out.

However, it is important that households are also always prepared for unexpected power outages, Suur-Uski said.