Energy experts have urged the Lithuanian government not to close down combined heat and power plants which they say could upset security of electricity supply.
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

The Lithuanian committee of the World Energy Council wrote an open letter to the government, co-signed by over 50 energy professionals, scientists and politicians, urging to reconsider its decisions to scrap subsidies for combined heat and power plants in Vilnius, Kaunas and Panevėžys, which effectively means that the facilities will be closed down as of January 1, 2016.

These power generation facilities are needed as a backup supply, the letter says.

"This government, which invests so much into energy security, forgets how easy it is to disrupt electricity supply via power cables. The Crimean example is a good case in point. Once Lithuania is left with the only power plant in Elektrėnai, the operations of the entire country's electricity system can be upset," Rymantas Juozaitis, the chair of the Lithuanian committee of the World Energy Council, is quoted by the Kauno Diena daily.

He says that the planned new power plants in Vilnius and Kaunas will not cover the power generation capacity of the old plants.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Chances for Lithuania to get more funding for N-plant closure increasing – expert

A proposal for the European Parliament to approve the allocation of 780 million euros for the...

European Parliament's rapporteur proposes EUR 780 mln for Lithuanian N-plant closure

The European Parliament is recommended to approve 780 million euros in funding for the Ignalina...

Energmin calls deal on synchronization scenario 'decision of the decade'

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have reached a long sought-after agreement that opens the way for the...

Technical scenario for Baltic grid synchronization approved in Brussels (Updated)

The project for the synchronization of the Baltic power grids with the Continental European system...

Danpower agrees to put off amicable deal's implementation

German energy company Danpower has agreed to postpone the implementation of the State of Lithuania's...