US Secretary of Energy Jenniffer Granholm and the Baltic Ministers responsible for energy policy reiterated the importance of the Baltic synchronisation project to strengthen the energy security of the region, as well as further cooperation on the transition to renewable energy.
The US reaffirmed its support and commitment to providing full assistance to the Baltic States in making sound policy decisions to prepare for disconnection from the Russian-controlled electricity system as early as 2024. All parties agreed that in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the dependence of the Baltic States on the Russian-controlled system becomes an issue of particular importance.
“Lithuania has already made significant progress in this area, but much remains to be done,” said Lithuania’s Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys. “We aim to have the Baltic electricity system synchronised with the continental European grids by 2024. From a technical point of view, the Baltic synchronisation project is not only aimed at ensuring security, but also at optimising our electricity grid to enable the timely integration of renewable energy sources.”
The meeting also included plenary sessions on European energy security, optimising the electricity grid, nuclear energy, geothermal energy, hydrogen technologies, green transformation and reconstruction in Ukraine.