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Role of TSOs is crucial for the development of RES, Latvian Minister of Climate and Energy says

As pointed out during the forum AC/DC Tech, organised by Latvian electricity distribution system operator Sadales tīkls, the production capacity of solar energy connected to the electricity distribution system has increased approximately 9 times in the past three years – from 17 megawatts (MW) in 2021 to almost 150 MW today.

However, the issue of dealing with surpluses of electricity will be challenging, as well as the issue of baseload capacities.

The Minister of Climate and Energy, Raimonds Čudars emphasised that both the transmission and distribution grids play a crucial role in developing renewable energy.

“We have to take into account the volatility of renewable energy production capacities – they must be integrated into the overall balance of energy resources in such a way that the system serves the common good, the national economy and the common welfare of society,” he said opening the. forum. “The question of combining these capacities with others is crucial, as well as the question of what we will do with the surplus of produced electricity and how we will use energy storage technologies. We must think sustainably – we must not overinvest where these investments are not necessary. Historically, we have already faced such situations.”

According to Simon Benmarraze, head of technology and infrastructure at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with the introduction of renewable energy sources, electricity distribution system operators must work on transforming their business models, for example by developing energy storage solutions.

“By ensuring the stable and safe operation of the electrical grid, the electricity distribution system operators not only provide the necessary electrical supply service to the public but also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring distributed generation and balancing the supply and demand,” he explained.

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