Lithuanian TSO launches feasibility study on offshore wind integration

The Lithuanian electricity transmission network operator Litgrid has started, in cooperation with the Japanese network TEPCO Power Grid, to prepare a study aimed at evaluating the technical and economic alternatives for the integration of offshore wind in the power grid. power supply.

Lithuania plans to auction for the integration of the first 700 MW of offshore wind power into the Lithuanian power system in 2023.

The overall offshore wind potential in Lithuanian territorial waters can reach 3.5 GW, Litgrid said.

For the integration of offshore wind power to take place in a technologically advanced and profitable way, it is necessary to assess the different possible network configurations, their technical parameters, system reliability, new emerging market opportunities, the economic benefits of such projects.

This is exactly what Litgrid, in collaboration with TEPCO, will focus on when preparing for the study, the GRT said.

The main findings of the study are expected to be published in spring 2022. Liutauras Varanavičius, director of Litgrid’s Strategy Department, notes that the implementation of such a study is important not only for the effective implementation of national energy targets, but also for the realistic development of the offshore electricity transmission network in the region.

“The study assesses the alternatives for the development of a hybrid offshore electricity transmission network with neighboring countries, the exploitation potential of existing and newly built interconnections. Litgrid actively participates in initiatives for the development of the offshore electricity transmission network in the Baltic Sea region. Thus, the results of the study will provide more arguments for regional discussions ”, noted Varanavičius.

The study is being carried out taking into account the objectives of Lithuania’s National Energy Independence Strategy, which stipulates that by 2050, 80% of the country’s energy demand should be met by energy produced from non-polluting resources, and 100% of the country’s total electricity consumption will be covered by locally produced electricity. The development of renewable energy sources, with a strong emphasis on the development of offshore wind, is envisioned as one of the key measures to achieve these goals, Litgrid said.

This is the second study prepared by Litgrid in collaboration with TEPCO. This spring, TEPCO, together with the Baltic operators, assessed the recommendations and outlined the minimum requirements for generating electricity from renewable sources.

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