Ignitis Renewables commissioned the research center “Rinkos tyrimų centras” to conduct an opinion poll on the development of energy in Lithuania. It turns out that, according to the respondents, offshore energy is welcomed, but little known by the inhabitants.
Most of the respondents believe that the most developed energy sources in Lithuania should be, first of all, “green” in the future. We are talking about wind and solar energy. 80 percent of respondents indicated that solar energy in Lithuania should be developed or intensively developed. 76 percent support the development of onshore wind energy. Only 2-3 percent of respondents believe that the use of renewable energy in the country should be limited. When asked about the main advantages of wind energy, the respondents most often mentioned reducing air pollution and slowing climate change (78 percent) and strengthening energy independence (67 percent). 42 percent of the respondents were not able to identify any shortcomings in wind energy, while the most frequently identified defects – noise and vibration – were indicated by 17 percent of the respondents.
Giedrius Meškelė, director of renewable energy sources at Ignitis Renewables, said that support for renewable energy is in line with the long-term goals of the Lithuanian state and the Ignitis Group’s energy development strategy.
There is support for offshore wind energy, but this type of energy is little known.
Lithuania has ambitions to develop offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. This type of energy was also positively assessed in the study. The development of farms in Lithuanian waters is supported by 70 percent of respondents, while 63 percent of the country’s population believes that it contributes to mitigating climate change.
Offshore wind farms stand out from other forms of green energy with less awareness, which is a trend in many countries. 10 percent of Lithuanians said they could not assess this type of energy source.
– We still know little about energy generated from offshore farms, because we do not yet have wind farms in the Baltic Sea, although plans in this direction are developing very quickly. Offshore wind energy is considered to be one of the most promising types of energy in the world, comments Meškelė.
He added that the Baltic Sea is considered to be one of the most promising places for the development of this type of energy.