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Estonia: Climate committee decides to continue development of Baltic Sea energy network

Estonian news, EWEA news, EWPA news, EWPA's blog - Tuul June 4, 2020

The climate and energy committee of the Estonian government has discussed the establishment of wind farms in Estonia and the Baltic Sea and decided to continue developing a network of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea.

Wind energy has the most extensive development potential among renewable energy sources in Estonia,” Prime Minister Juri Ratas was quoted by government spokespeople as saying. “The government has already taken decisions eliminating the height restrictions on land for some wind farms, thereby creating new opportunities for developers. To proceed with the creation of offshore wind farms, we need to act in a properly thought out way and work in close cooperation, particularly with our closest neighbors.”

“Offshore wind farms in Estonia have a particularly large capacity margin. If we were to make use of our entire potential, we could produce three times as much energy as we’re consuming now,” Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas said. “As the first step, we need to strengthen cooperation between Estonia and Latvia in the planning of shared wind farms. We intend to sign a memorandum of understanding with Latvia in this regard, the draft of which the government is to discuss in June.”

The government’s climate and energy committee decided that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications together with other parties will continue activities towards development of the Baltic Sea offshore energy network. The public administration minister’s area of governance in the Ministry of Finance will give the government an updated overview of development of onshore wind farms in Estonia after local governments’s general plans and designated spatial plans have been adopted in 2022.

The committee was also given an overview of principles of the long-term strategy for building reconstruction compiled by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Estonia’s building stock accounts for approximately 50 percent of domestic energy consumption.

The objective of the government’s climate and energy committee is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Estonia, thereby improving the competitiveness of Estonia’s economy and ensuring energy security and security of supply.

The committee is led by the prime minister and includes as members the minister of education and research, minister of defense, minister of the environment, minister of economic affairs and infrastructure, minister of finance and minister of foreign affairs. Other ministers participate in committee meetings at the prime minister’s invitation.

Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814, sise@bns.ee

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