The Lithuanian Wind Power Association (LVEA) has been operating in Lithuania since 2005. It brings together investors in the wind energy sector, including offshore wind energy and supply chain companies. Deputy Director, Edgaras Maladauskas, talks about the organization’s plans for 2022 in a commentary for BalticWind. EU.
LVEA’s main goal is to provide favorable conditions for the development of wind energy projects, contributing to the creation of a legal framework and an attractive investment climate. The association advocates decarbonization and decentralization of Lithuania’s energy production sector, the use of local renewable resources, increasing energy independence through wind energy and the implementation of the EU’s RES policy.
The current system may not be perfect, but we can solve these problems together, we just need more speed, more development and more sustainable energy on a larger scale as energy consumption grows across Europe and the world – said Edgaras Maladauskas for BalticWind.EU.
LVEA also supports the development of offshore wind energy in Lithuania. The country plans to install its first 700 MW offshore farm by 2030. The first auction for investors will be held in 2023. The farm is expected to provide around 3 TWh of energy, which is about 25 percent of the country’s energy needs. The missing 75 percent of energy could come from other wind farms in the Baltic Sea, which Lithuania is considering.
What were the most important developments for Lithuania’s offshore wind sector in the second quarter of 2022?
Edgaras Maladauskas points out that these are the works done on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of an offshore wind farm. The Ministry of Energy has entered into an agreement with the „Pajūrio tyrimų ir planavimo institutu” (Pajūrio Research and Planning Institute) to conduct an environmental impact assessment of wind power plants to be built in Lithuania’s maritime territory. Public consultations on the alternatives included in the EIA, for the offshore wind farms to be built in the Baltic Sea, continued until July 5.
According to LVEA’s representative, the development of port infrastructure will be Lithuania’s biggest challenge in the development of offshore wind energy.
What are LVEA’s plans for 2022?
I have the ambition to help the Ministry of Energy to set higher targets for the development of renewable energy than the current ones. Lithuania’s wind industry is gaining momentum, we have very strong players in the market, investment in wind energy is increasing, and Lithuania’s wind ecosystem is growing stronger and improving rapidly, commented Maladauskas.
Deputy Director indicates that the association is primarily planning to hold the WindMission Baltics conference in Vilnius.
We plan to attract more members to the association, get more influence on the development of wind energy and take part in several foreign conferences. We want to work hand in hand with the wind industry of Lithuania, enumerates Edgaras Maladauskas.
Source: BalticWind.eu: Quarterly Country Report Lithuania/Q2 2022