In 2018, the wind parks operating in Lithuania produced 1.1 TWh (1117 GWh) of electricity. By comparison, the wind power plants produced the largest amount of electricity in the country’s wind energy history in 2017, reaching 1.3 TWh (1331 GWh).
Over the past year, the wind power plants generated over 10 percent of Lithuania’s electricity demand and 35 percent of all the electricity produced in the country. At present, the total balance of the Lithuanian electricity system is negative – since 2014 the amount of imported energy has been growing, and in 2018 it made up about 75 percent of the country’s electricity demand.
The electricity generated by wind parks can supply more than 584,000 households or meet the needs of approximately 1.2 million people.
In 2018, 2.09 TWh of electricity was generated from renewable energy sources (RES) – wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas. This means that the wind parks generated more electricity than all other RES combined.
There are currently 23 wind parks operating in Lithuania, with a combined capacity of 480 MW. A total of 539 MW have been installed in the country including smaller wind power plants.
In 2017, the turnover of the Lithuanian wind energy sector was about 100 million euros.
According to EurObserv’ER, in 2016, the Lithuanian wind energy sector employed 1.6 thousand specialists in the maintenance and operation of the country’s wind parks, as well those specializing in the production and sales of the required equipment and working with investment solutions.