Lithuanian electricity system operator, Litgrid, announced that the board of directors has approved the strategy for the development of the electricity transmission system. The plan is to evolve this strategic organization and integrate 4.9 GW of installed RES, including offshore wind, into the system.
Litgrid’s 2030 strategy is oriented towards, among other things, cutting-edge technology, and digital solutions, sustainable energy development, and the ability 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 combating climate change by developing and adapting the transmission system to accommodate 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 consumer needs, comments Rokas Masiulis, CEO of Litgrid, as quoted in the release.
According to Masiulis, it is important to ensure a diversified and sustainable energy supply in the fight against the global climate crisis. 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 grid, Litgrid sees an additional opportunity by 2025 to connect 140 MW in RES installations. Once system synchronization is completed in 2025 and additional transmission grid expansion (110 kV) is completed, Litgrid will be able to connect approximately 960 MW of onshore RES capacity in the western part of the country. By 2030, the Lithuanian grid is capable of integrating about 3.5 GW of onshore renewable energy. This is almost equal to Lithuania’s total installed capacity of 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 levels.