* Other energy sources needed to replace coal
* Finland to vote on carbon tax increase in 2018
* Two new nuclear reactors due online by 2024
HELSINKI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Finland will introduce legislation next year to phase out coal and increase carbon taxes, a top government official told Reuters, which would require the country to find alternative energy sources to keep its power system stable.
Coal produces roughly 10 percent of the energy consumed by Finland, which is the Nordics’ heaviest coal consumer and burned about 4.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2016.
“This strategy has a goal of getting rid of coal as an energy source by 2030 … We have to write a law … and that will be next year,” Riku Huttunen, director general in Finland’s energy department, said.
The law will, however, leave “room for manoeuvre” to ensure security of supply, he …