Latvia far be­hind other Baltic States wind power pro­duc­tion-wise

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«Un­for­tu­nately, Latvia is far be­hind the lead­ing Euro­pean coun­tries and its clos­est neigh­bours in terms of us­ing wind power – Es­to­nia’s wind pro­duc­tion out­put ex­ceeds Latvia’s 4.5 times, and Lithua­nia’s out­put ex­ceeds its north­ern neigh­bour’s out­put 7.2 times,» says Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion board mem­ber Toms Naburgs.

Last year, Latvia pro­duced 68 MW of wind en­ergy, putting it on the 62nd place in the world, drop­ping from the 59th place the pre­vi­ous year. Gu­atemala, Switzer­land and Ja­maica are al­ready ahead of Latvia, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the Global Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion’s in­dus­try over­view for last year.

Ac­cord­ing to this over­view, China reached the high­est wind en­ergy out­put last year – 168,730 MW. USA fol­lows next with 82,033 MW and Ger­many with 50,019 MW. Wind en­ergy pro­duc­tion-wise, Latvia is cur­rently be­hind its Baltic neigh­bours – Es­to­nia had pro­duced 310 MW and Lithua­nia had pro­duced 493 MW of wind en­ergy last year, ac­cord­ing to data from the Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion.

Last year, ap­prox­i­mately 11.8% more wind en­ergy was pro­duced when com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year. No in­crease was noted in Latvia, how­ever.

Growth in Es­to­nia was 2.3%, whereas Lithua­nia’s growth was 16.2%. In Europe, the big­gest growth in this sec­tor was noted in Fin­land, where pro­duc­tion out­put growth was 53.1%.

«We know there had been sta­ble wind en­ergy out­put growth around the world. This was mostly thanks to the fact that wind en­ergy is more eco­nom­i­cal,» says Naburgs.

He says Latvia’s wind en­ergy in­dus­try looks to the next cou­ple of years with hope, be­cause the gov­ern­ment ac­tion plan and En­ergy Law will have a new sup­port mech­a­nism for re­new­able en­ergy sources be­fore the end of the year. «It will pro­vide a pos­i­tive sig­nal for wind en­ergy in­dus­try in Latvia,» Naburgs con­tin­ues.

Ieva Lūka/LETA

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