Litgrid and and TEPCO start offshore wind integration study

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/12/2021 Litgrid
Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid, in cooperation with Japanese energy company TEPCO Power Grid, has started preparing a study intended to assess technical and economic alternatives for offshore wind integration.

The study takes into account the objectives of the National Energy Independence Strategy, which states that, by 2050, 80% of Lithuania's energy demand will have to be satisfied by energy produced from non-polluting resources, and 100% of the total electricity consumption in the country will be met by locally produced electricity.
The main conclusions of the study are planned to be published in the spring of 2022. Liutauras Varanavičius, the Strategy Department Director at Litgrid, notes that the implementation of such a study is important not only for the efficient implementation of the national energy objectives, but also for the realistic development of the offshore electric power transmission grid in the region.

"The study evaluates alternatives for the development of a hybrid offshore power transmission grid with the neighbouring countries, the potential of the exploitation of the existing and newly constructed interconnectors. Litgrid is actively involved in the initiatives for the development of the offshore power transmission grid in the Baltic Sea region. Thus, the results of the study will provide more arguments for the regional discussions,"
- said L. Varanavičius.

This is the second study that is being prepared by Litgrid together with TEPCO. This spring, TEPCO, together with the Baltic operators, evaluated the recommendations and described the minimum requirements for generating electricity from renewable sources.

In 2023, Lithuania expects to announce the auction for the integration of the first 700 MW of offshore wind into the Lithuanian electricity system.