40% of driving lights could go out due to shortages

40% of driving lights could go out due to shortages
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A Finnish agency has announced that in the event of severe power shortages this winter it could be forced to shut down 40% of the country’s high beams, but insists the cuts will not affect road safety.

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency said this could reduce lighting along the country’s roads in the event of a possible power shortage, as electricity may have to be rationed this winter.

About 40% of lighting along Finnish roads could be turned off, but said it would be done in a way that had no effect on road safety, keeping lights on at intersections and other busy areas, reports the broadcaster Yle.

“From a computing point of view, it can be described in such a way that the electrical power required for road lighting on highways is approximately 43 megawatts. If half of it is extinguished, it would cover around 5% of a possible 400 megawatt shortfall in Finland’s electricity production,” said Virpi Anttila, director of the Transport Infrastructure Management Division. .

Currently, around 95% of Finland’s passenger trains also run on electricity and could be replaced by diesel trains as the country prepares for possible power shortages and breakdowns in rail and maritime transport.

Earlier this year, in May, Russian energy company RAO Nordic completely cut off Finland from Russian electricity supply, which at the time accounted for 10% of Finnish electricity.

Reima Päivinen, director of operations at Fingrid, Finland’s majority state-owned national electricity transmission system operator, however, said at the time that the lack of supply from Russia would not affect much. Finland’s electricity needs.

In October, Finland’s new Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor was operating at full power after more than a decade of delays, with many hoping the reactor, Europe’s most powerful, would cut electricity costs and provide the country with enough energy when it becomes fully operational in December. .

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