Lithuania’s government is moving ahead with the development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea, with a planned capacity up to 700 megawatts (MW) by 2030.
Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas welcomed the latest decisions as offshore wind farms could help Lithuania to achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets while at the same time reducing imports from other countries.
“Our goal is to develop offshore wind in the most efficient and competitive way and at the same time it will be an opportunity to attract world-class investors into the Lithuanian energy market,” he said.
The first auctions for offshore wind are planned to be announced in 2023. Prior to this date, environmental assessments will be carried out by the Lithuanian Energy Agency.
Early in May, the Ministry of Energy had submitted a draft Government Resolution to stakeholders for coordination on locations in the Baltic Sea. At present, the legislation does not provide for a support scheme for the construction of offshore power plants.
The government approved the proposal to entrust the Ministry of Energy with preparing the necessary bills regulating the support scheme for power plants to be developed in Lithuania’s territorial waters.