November 19th, 2016

Our energy goals

It bacame an obsession to revise the energy strategy for the country for Lithuanian politicians :) Minister of energy Rokas Masiulis (he is finishing his term and is ready to leave the office) finally presented main directions of the strategy of energy politics (it was prepared at the expert and scientists level more than one year ago but for long period wasn't presented publicly - probably it was discussed at the political level and there was no single opinion). Text of Lithuanian presentation could be found here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-OBRwNbApdUUW5CZUZxRFE2c28/view?pli=1.

Here I selected several main ideas:
- in the sector of electricity:
    - till the year 2025 electricity grid should be synchronized with the European continental system;
    - till 2018 to create single Baltic energy reserve and grid balancing system and till 2020 to create single Baltic-Nordic  energy reserve and grid balancing system;
    - to provide 100% of electricity reserve using local energy generation resources;
    - to provide 100% of system balancing using generation resources in Baltic countries;
    - inefficient old generators - such as Vilnius TEC-3, 7th and 8th blocs at Lithuanian PP - should be closed in 2020-2023;
    - to build 5th bloc at Kruonis hydroacumulation power plant till 2022;
    - to build NordBalt 2 and LitPol Link - 2 lines till 2025;
   and what is important :
     -   to freeze Visaginas nuclear power plant project till the project will become commercially viable.

- in the sector of natural gas:
    - to acquire "Independence" LNG terminal in 2024;
    - till 2019 to create single Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian natural gas market with the possibilities to join the market with Finland and Poland;
    - to build Lithuanian-Polish gas pipeline (GIPL) till 2021.

- in the sector of renewable sources:
   - the share of renewable sources in overall energy consumption in the country should be 35% in 2030 and 70% in 2050;
   - to install additional 250MW wind power generation capacities till 2020 (at moment there are 500MW installed);
   - to begin wind power generation construction in Baltic sea after 2020.

- in the sector of energy efficiency:
     - to renoavte 25% of all buildings in the country till 2020 and to conserve  2.6-3 TWh in this way and to renovate 50% of all buildings in the country till 2030 and to     conserve 5-6 TWh energy in this way;
     - to stimulate the use of new electricity saving technologies in the industry and to save 620 GWh of energy till 2025 in this way.

There are more goals and targets in the strategy of course. What is my overall impression: the strategy is rather realistic and could be realized. But much will deoend on the market situation, in fact , energy prices.

Radical solution

Old houses sometimes hides small secrets that are simply hard to understand for modern people. E.g. this is (was) an old small house at the outskirts of Kaunas old town (in a part which some people says is old town while others says that it isn't old town) :

(photo from Google street view from June 2012):



Some time ago the building became uninhabited while about a month ago the reconstruction of it has been started.
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