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Grocery stores in Finland must agree to rotating closures to reduce electricity consumption


1 Aug 2022 14:49 GMT

The measure will be applied during the winter season.

Given the energy crisis facing Europe, the Finnish authorities plan to promote limitations on the use of electricity during the winter season. Thus, food stores must agree periodic closures to reduce energy demand.

In total, as published Yle, there are about 2,800 businesses that will have to establish a closing schedule, which will prevent everyone from doing it at the same time. Although the initiative is not yet fully organized, Lauri Kulonen, emergency preparedness manager at the Finnish Grocery Trade Association, said they are “moderately prepared.”

For its part, the majority state-owned electricity distribution network operator, Fingrid, and the Finnish Energy group, announced that if the situation does not improve, during the coldest months of the year there could be power outages that would last a few hours.

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Europe’s gas and electricity market faces a crisis after the reduction of gas shipments from Russia, for which EU leaders promote different plans to save energy.

One of the countries that announced measures to reduce electricity consumption was France, warning that businesses with air conditioning will have to keep their doors closed, since failure to do so could result in fines. In addition, the authorities promote the prohibition of illuminated advertising between 1 and 6 am

Meanwhile, in Switzerland there could be power cuts for periods of four hours in the coming winter. As indicated, this month will begin the application of energy saving measures that will be voluntary, although if the crisis continues, there will be a reduction in less essential electricity consumption at night, such as lighting stores or public spaces.

Source: Actualidad

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