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Minister: after MPC abolishment, Latvia will have to cultivate green energy more

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOnce the mandatory procurement component has been abolished, we will have to think about increasing green energy production, says Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro.

The minister says there are many ways to contribute to green energy production, but he currently has no detailed plan for this. As one of the examples, Nemiro mentioned supporting wind energy production.

«Support for wind energy in Lithuania is expansive, whereas in Latvia it is the lowest among the Baltic States. Wind energy’s market price is the least overcompensated above the exchange price. At the same time, CHP plants are provided with a lot of permits – four times more than it is needed for Latvia’s energy,» said the minister.

When asked to comment on residents’ opposition towards certain investors’ desire to develop wind turbine parks in Latvia, Nemiro mentioned that based on research there are only four locations in the country where it is economically viable to place wind turbines. «Investors have proposed building wind turbine parks at sea, where residents would not be bothered. The main question, of course, is the economic benefit of this. In any case, development of wind parks is in the hands of businessmen,» added the minister.

Previously, board member of Wind Energy Association Toms Nāburgs told LETA that there are all pre-conditions to produce wind energy in Latvia. However, he added, development of this industry is impeded by a lack of political vision. «The wind resource is very good across all of Latvia’s territory. Practically the entirety of Kurzeme’s is fit for wind energy production purposes. It may seem the rest of Latvia’s territory is not as progressive, but all of Latvia’s territory that is 100 m above sea level is sufficient for wind energy production,» he said.

He also said the main problem in Latvia is regulations that prevent the industry from developing – there is no clear energy policy and vision for moving forward. Businessmen, on the other hand, cannot do their jobs if they have no idea where the country is going.


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