Wind parks operating in Lithuania continue to increase the amount of electricity produced per year. Last year, they generated 1.54 TWh of electricity – the largest amount in the country’s wind energy history.
According to the data of the Lithuanian Energy Exchange Baltpool, in December wind produced almost 161.3 MWh of electricity. The total annual production approached 1.54 TWh and was 5 percent higher than in 2019, when the result was 1.41 TWh. The amount of electricity generated in transmission grid-connected wind parks increased by almost 6 percent, and in small ones connected to distribution grid – by just over 2 percent.
“The excellent results of the turbines operating in the country last year were determined by two main factors. The first is the windy weather that prevailed in both the first and the last quarter of the year. The second is the constantly growing technical reliability of wind turbines,” says Aistis Radavičius, Director of the Lithuanian Wind Power Association.
He recalls that the first quarter of last year was marked by extremely windy weather. In January, wind parks operating in Lithuania produced about 187.3 GWh of electricity and reached a new monthly production record. In February, this result was improved by producing approximately 190.3 GWh of electricity
According to the official statistics, last year 2,44 TWh of electricity was generated from all renewable energy sources, out of which wind produced almost as much as all the other renewable resources combined – 63,11 percent.
In the future, the amount of electricity generated by wind should increase. In order for Lithuania to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050, the amount of electricity produced by wind should triple by 2030.
Currently, new wind park projects are being developed in more than ten Lithuanian municipalities, with a combined capacity of more than 800 MW. Most of the larger projects are developed on a commercial basis, without state support.
There are 23 wind parks currently operating in Lithuania, with a combined capacity of 480 MW. Together with individual wind parks, a total of 540 MW of power plants have been installed in the country.