BALTIC ENERGY FORUM 2015 | 21st October 2015 | Riga, Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija

Baltic Energy Forum 2015

21, 2015 Riga hosted the Baltic Energy Forum 2015. Its main conclusions are as follows.

Among the Forum main topics have been:

  • EU ENERGY UNION AND SECURITY OF ENERGY SUPPLY
  • EU CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICY 2030
  • ELECTRICITY AND GAS MARKET LIBERALIZATION IN LATVIA AND MARKET OPERATION IN LITHUANIA AND ESTONIA
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS IN THE BALTICS

The participants of the Forum indicated that the Baltic States have guaranteed security of energy supply in their region, since generating capacity exceeds total energy consumption by almost 2.5 times and supply sources and routes have already been diversified to a considerable extent (Butinge oil terminal, LNG terminal in Klaipeda) and the scope of diversification is going to grow as new interconnections are introduced between the Baltic States, Scandinavia and Poland.

The Latvian Energy Efficiency Association presented the Baltic Energy Alliance concept and pointed out that the Alliance was envisaged as an energy competence centre aimed at convening together energy business operators. Its task should be to represent the interests of Latvia/the Baltic States in Brussels, participate in the development of the national energy strategy and legislative harmonisation, as well as to promote awareness about the availability of energy experts and implementation of the goals of the European Energy Union, especially given the liberalization of the gas marked to be effected in 2017. Active participation in the implementation of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan should be a high priority on its agenda with due regard to discussing liquefied gas projects, new interconnections and energy tariffs.

The energy market in the Baltic States has already become functional, and the participants of the Forum concluded that energy prices have already been following a downward trend and, with new interconnections deployed, price levels would decrease even more and would largely depend on prices in the neighbouring countries, i.e. Scandinavia, Poland and Russia. As the market has now been opened for households, the consumers are facing a new situation, and there are additional market opportunities. The consumers can find considerable economies by operating household equipment at times when the load on the power-networks and electricity prices are lowest, i.e. during the night hours, but that requires certain consumer skills and readiness to control the changing electricity prices on a 24h basis.

A lot of attention in the Forum was focussed on energy efficiency and use of renewable resources, tackled by the Latvian Federation for Renewable Energy (LAEF), the Lithuanian Association for Wind Energy, the Latvian Institute for Physical Energy and representatives from businesses. The Riga Energy Agency told about the funding project for insulation of housing with the use of finances provided by the European Investment Bank at an interest rate of about 3 %.

The speakers of the Forum were high-level representatives from the EC, national government and municipal institutions, as well as CEOs from the leading energy companies in the Baltic region and researchers.

Next Baltic Energy Forum will take place in Riga in 2016.

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Valdis Dombrovskis Prime Minister of Latvia 2009-2013
decor Andris Piebalgs
Andris Piebalgs EU Commissioner
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Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga The sixth President of Latvia
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Andrius Kubilius Prime Minister of Lithuania from 2008-2012

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