Lithuanian electricity system operator Litgrid announced that the board of directors has approved a strategy for the development of the electricity transmission system. The plan envisages the evolution of this strategic organization and the integration of 4.9 GW of installed RES, including offshore wind, into the system.
Litgrid’s strategy until 2030 is oriented towards, among other things, state-of-the-art technological and digital solutions, sustainable energy development, as well as opportunities for market participants to freely exchange electricity at a competitive price. The strategy provides a long-term vision for Litgrid’s development to become one of the most technologically intelligent electricity system operators in Europe.
Litgrid plans to grow by focusing on several key areas. One of the most important is to fight climate change by developing and adapting the transmission system to growing renewable electricity generation and reducing the environmental impact of Litgrid’s infrastructure. A key moment will be the synchronization of the country’s electricity system with that of Continental Europe in 2025.
– Litgrid not only closely follows trends, but also plays an important role in transforming Lithuania’s energy system to meet both current and future consumers’ needs, comments Rokas Masiulis, CEO of Litgrid, quoted in the release.
According to Masiulis, in the fight against the global climate crisis, it is important to ensure diversified and sustainable energy supply. Litgrid pays special attention to this area in its strategy, as it has been preparing for the development of transmission of larger volumes of energy from RES for many years.
With the expansion of the transmission network, Litgrid sees an additional opportunity to connect 140 MW in RES installations by 2025 . With the completion of system synchronization in 2025 and additional transmission grid expansion (110 kV), Litgrid will be able to connect approximately 960 MW of onshore RES capacity in the western part of the country. By 2030, the Lithuanian transmission grid is able to integrate about 3.5 GW of onshore renewable energy. This is almost as much as the total installed capacity in Lithuania – 3.8 GW. Litgrid can also connect 1.4 GW of wind farms in the Baltic Sea to the system, which would further increase the country’s carbon-free energy production.