Lithuania wants to cut cord with Russian energy stream by investing in bio energy
Monday, 28 February 2011
Lithuania is investing in bio-energy to become less dependent on Russian gas. Right now a proposal is being considered for a new Lithuanian energy policy which also includes cooperation with Sweden.
According to Zygimantas Vaiciunas, strategy director of Lithuania's energy ministry there is high hopes for the use of biomass which aims that biomass could be used in the central heating system.
The EU forced Lithuania to close its nuclear plant at Ignalina for security reasons about a year ago. Since then, the country has been dependent on Russian gas such that 80 percent of its energy is gas from Russia. The effect is that it has become expensive for consumers, say authorities. Half the salary of workers is spent on heating bills now.
A new nuclear plant is expected to be built in Ignalina, but until it is clear, Lithuania needs to find other ways to produce energy, not least for safety reasons. A country can not be so dependent on one supplier of energy, say the Ministry of Energy.
In addition they are looking forward to NordBalt - drive where Swedish Vaterfalls intendes to link together the three Baltic countries' electricity grids to the Nordic.
In anticipation of more competitive energy, Lithuania has turned to Europe for help to gain better insight into the Russian supplier Gazprom, which it believes use its superiority and dominant market position to overcharge.
“We expect the European Commission is looking at this so that we may get better transparency, "said strategy manager Zygimantas Vaiciunas at the Energy Department.