EC signs roadmap for CEN synchronisation of the Baltic States' grids

Author: Kuba Bo┼╝anowski.

June 21 (Renewables Now) - EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday signed the political Roadmap setting 2025 as the target date for the full synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks with the Central European grid.

The Baltic States grid’s desynchronisation from the Russian and Belarusian systems and synchronisation with the Continental European Network (CEN) via Poland represents an essential political priority for the achievement of the Energy Union.

Thanks to several recently established connections -- the LitPol Link with Poland, the NordBalt with Sweden and the Estlink 1 and Estlink 2 with Finland -- the Baltic States are connected with European partners. In March 2019, EUR 323 million (USD 365m) of financing was secured for the first phase of the synchronisation process under the Connecting Europe Facility grant agreement. In May, the formal extension of the continental European grid to the Baltic States' was given the green light within the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).

The Baltic States are currently among the leaders in terms of renewables use in Europe. Statistics by Eurostat show that both Estonia and Lithuania have long surpassed their 2020 targets for the share of renewable sources in gross final energy consumption. Details are available in the table.

Share in % 2004 2014 2017 2020 target
EU 8.5 16.2 17.5 20
Estonia 18.4 26.2 29.2 25
Latvia 32.8 38.6 39 40
Lithuania 17.2 23.6 25.8 23

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