The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory under the US Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Energy Agency, will shortly start working on a model for the transition of the Lithuanian energy sector to 100 per cent renewable energy.
Such a model has already been put into practice in the city of Los Angeles, California, the first of its kind in the world to have been developed following a comprehensive and science-based study and the first one to provide the most cost-effective scenarios for achieving the energy sector transformation goals. Following Los Angeles, Lithuania will be the first country in the world to have such a model developed.
“It is surprising how many similarities there are between Lithuania and Los Angeles,” said the Vice-Minister for Energy, Albinas Zananavičius, during a working visit to Denver, Colorado. “We seek the same energy goals and face similar challenges. Nevertheless, we have a lot to learn from each other. We are therefore happy to establish close contacts with those with whom we will be able to share our experience in developing and implementing energy sector transformation models over the coming years.”
“A significant step in the history of relations between Lithuania and the US in the field of energy is about to take place with the signing of a bilateral interinstitutional political agreement on cooperation in the field of energy in support of Lithuania’s goals of energy security and transition to renewable energy,” added Vice-Minister Inga Žilienė. “This agreement provides for specific areas of cooperation and the possibility to add new areas of cooperation in the future, including cybersecurity in the energy sector.”
Lithuania will need advanced technological solutions in the future while implementing the model of Lithuania’s transition to 100 per cent renewable energy. It is, therefore, necessary to keep abreast of technological developments in order to select the most appropriate and cost-effective technological solutions to best meet the needs of Lithuania’s energy consumers and to ensure the security and stability of the energy system.