RIGA, Jan 21 (LETA) - In 2021, Latvia generated 5,609 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electric power, which is an increase of 1.8 percent against 2020, according to an electricity market review released by Augstsprieguma Tikls transmission system operator.
Hydroelectric power plants on the Daugava River generated 2,620 GWh of power in 2021, up 4.2 percent against a year before, while small hydropower plants generated 68,575 MWh of electric power, down 1.6 percent year-on-year.
Thermal power stations Rigas TEC-1, Rigas TEC-2, Rigas Siltums, Juglas Jauda and Fortum generated 1,926 GWh of power, which is an increase of 10.7 percent against the respective period a year ago.
Biomass-fired power plants generated 365,784 MWh of power, down 6.6 percent. Combined heat and power plants generated 225,425 MWh of electricity, down 26.9 percent, and power plants running on biogas generated 261,969 MWh of electricity, down 15.3 percent from 2020.
Power generation by Latvia's wind farms declined by 2o percent year-on-year to 149,022 MWh and solar power stations generated 2,369 MWh of electricity, up 16.2 percent.
In 2021, Latvia consumed 7,382 GWh of electric power, and its energy trade gap was 1,772 GWh in terms of volume.
In December 2021, electric power generation grew by 57.2 percent against November 2021 and by 31.3 percent against December 2020.