Energy

Wind power accounts for half of Lithuania's H1 electricity output

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:24
Wind power production in Lithuania soared by 40 percent in the first half of 2017 year-on-year to 633 gigawatt-hours (GWh), accounting for half of the country's total electricity output during the six months.

Seimas panel chief calls for scrutiny of politicians' ties, influence on energy

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:46
Politicians' ties and influences on energy projects should be scrutinized, says Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee, pledging to propose the initiative to the parliament for its fall session.

Lithuania must show progress to secure EU funding for Ignalina N-plant

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:21
To secure European support to decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) after 2020, Lithuania must demonstrate progress and correct the impression of the project stalling, Energy Vice-Minister Simonas Šatūnas says.

Lithuanians' OSCE resolution on Belarus' N-plant blocked in 'painful blow from Sweden'

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 18:17
At Sweden's imitative, Lithuanian parliamentarians' resolution criticizing the construction of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant was blocked at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Parliamentary Assembly on Wednesday.

US gas would pull down LNG prices in Lithuania - Seimas speaker

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 10:30
Klaipėda LNG terminal Independence, a floating LNG storage and regasification unit
DELFI / Erikas Skardžius
The price of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imported by Lithuania could decline, if the United States and the European Union (EU) sign a free trade agreement and supplies of American LNG is ensured, says Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

EC representative again urges Belarus to conduct Astravyets N-plant stress tests

Monday, July 3, 2017 16:02
Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the European Commission currently on a visit in Vilnius, has again urged Belarus to conduct internationally-monitored stress tests of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant currently under construction close to Lithuania.

Increasing number of countries take firm stance on Nord Stream 2 - Minister of Energy

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:52
Nord stream
RIA / Scanpix
An increasing number of nations back a firm stance on Nord Stream 2 as the European Commission seeks a mandate from the EU's member states in talks on the project, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said.

MPs propose to ask Poland, Latvia, Estonia to join blocking of Belarus N-plant

Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:28
A group of Lithuanian lawmakers propose that the Seimas should formally invite Polish, Latvian and Estonian parliamentarians to join initiatives to block electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus.

Estonia, Lithuanian fail to agree on how to synchronize power grids with Western Europe

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 16:32
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.

Lithuania aims to produce 100% of power domestically in future, 80% from renewables (4)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 16:27
Electricity
DELFI / Audrius Solominas
Lithuania aims to generate 100 percent of its electricity domestically in the future, with 80 percent of the total power demand to be met using renewable resources, according to a draft new National Energy Strategy.

Espoo Convention meeting in Minsk to decide on international expert body for Belarus' N-plant

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:36
Lithuania will try to prove the need for an international expert body for the Astravyets nuclear power plant under the construction in Belarus at a high-level meeting of the parties to the Espoo Convention that is starting in Minsk on Monday.

President Dalia Grybauskaite promises to help Ukraine block Nord Stream 2 initiatives

Monday, June 12, 2017 09:28
President Dalia Grybauskaite has promised to help Ukraine to block initiatives for expanding the Nord Stream gas pipeline linking Russia with Germany as Brussels prepares to open talks with Moscow.

Baltic states could have 2 LNG terminals - Lithuanian PM

Friday, June 9, 2017 15:01
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.

Baltic PMs visiting Lithuania's LNG terminal in Klaipėda

Friday, June 9, 2017 09:48
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states are visiting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda on Friday as part of the so-called LNG tour that was kicked off in Estonia to provide a platform for the prime ministers to discuss a regional LNG terminal and the possibility to secure European support.

Lithuania to bar access for Astravyets electricty after declaring it a threat

Thursday, June 8, 2017 09:20
Lithuania will be able to prepare for imposing an embargo on Belarusian electricity once its parliament declares the nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, a threat to national security, Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said on Wednesday.

Lithuania's new energy strategy to be presented to ruling parties

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 09:58
The new energy strategy, which should define Lithuania's objectives in the energy sector until 2050, will be presented to the ruling coalition on Wednesday before it is presented to the general public shortly.

Natural gas prices for households growing from July

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:03
Natural gas for residents and all household consumers in Lithuania will go up by 5-8 percent from July after expiry of the 2014 gas discount granted by Gazprom.

Lithuania ready to ensure power from unsafe plants has no access to its market - PM

Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:12
Amid doubts whether Lithuania's efforts to impose an embargo on electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus will be compatible with WTO rules, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the country will ensure that power from unsafe facilities has no access to its market.

Baltic grid synchronization with Europe possible via one LitPol Link - Sefcovic

Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:02
The European Commission's vice-president in charge of the energy union says that the Baltic countries could synchronize their power grids with the continental European system via a single LitPol Link line by expanding its capacity and that the project could receive EU support.

Gazprom must compensate consumers for losses over unfair practices - Grybauskaitė

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 13:02
Russia's gas giant Gazprom must compensate European gas consumers for losses they suffered due to its non-transparent gas trade practices, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after meeting with Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission's Vice-President for Energy Union in Vilnius on Wednesday.

Baltics agree on grid synchronization via Poland - Skvernelis (1)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:17
The prime ministers of the three Baltic countries and Poland on Monday reached a preliminary agreement on synchronizing the power grids of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the continental European network via the existing interconnection between Lithuania and Poland, known as LitPol Link, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.

Lithuania wins EUR 13 mln in British law-enforcement vs Alstom case (1)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 09:19
France's Alstom has paid 13 million euros in compensation to Lithuania as ordered by London's Southwark Crown Court in a case in which the French group's Swedish energy unit Alstom Power was accused of corruption in Lithuania.

EC, Gazprom should hold talks on new commitments - Energy Minister

Thursday, May 4, 2017 15:54
The European Commission and the Russian gas giant Gazprom should hold negotiations on new commitments, as the current ones no longer reflect the reality and will have no effect upon Central and Eastern European gas markets, says Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas.

Memorandum on Baltic synchronization should be signed in June

Friday, April 28, 2017 09:22
Lithuania's electricity transmission company's logo - Litgrid
DELFI / Vilma Deveikytė
Lithuania and the other states of the Baltic Sea region should sign a memorandum of understanding in June on synchronization of the Baltic states with continental Europe via Poland. The document should give an impetus to the preparations for synchronized work of the networks.

Vilnius to turn to Stockholm arbitration over damage compensation by France's Veolia

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 16:37
The Vilnius City Council decided on Tuesday to turn to the Stockholm arbitration for compensation of damages caused by the French concern Veolia and its company Vilniaus Energija during lengthy lease of the city's heating sector after they disagreed with the claim of about 200 million euros filed by the city.

Lithuania passes bill to restrict imports from Belarus' Astravyets, other unsafe N-plants

Thursday, April 20, 2017 15:51
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday adopted a bill to restrict electricity imports from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus and other unsafe nuclear facilities in third countries.

There's consensus on Baltic grids' synchronization via Poland, but details not yet clear

Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:26
There is a consensus among member countries of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) that the Baltic power grids have to be synchronized with the Western European system via Poland, but details, such as the need for a second LitPol Link, remain to be worked out.

Rosatom sought foothold in Lithuania - declassified intelligence info

Thursday, April 13, 2017 08:51
Rosatom
RIA / Scanpix
Russia's nuclear energy giant Rosatom, which is building the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus, had plans to gain a foothold in Lithuania, according to declassified material provided by the State Security Department to the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence.

Heating prices to grow by at least 8% in Vilnius in June

Friday, April 7, 2017 08:49
Heating prices in Vilnius should grow by 8.2 percent from June, the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices decided on Thursday. However, after the ruling coalition decided to cancel the value-added tax privilege (9 pct), the heating prices in Lithuania's capital city should climb much higher.

Vilnius submits EUR 200 mln claim to Veolia

Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:01
The city of Vilnius has submitted a 200-million-euro claim to Veolia and Vilniaus Energija (Vilnius Energy), the French group's local subsidiary whose 15-year lease on the Lithuanian capital's heating system ended this week, seeking compensation for damage caused to the assets during the lease period.