Latvia: Planned wind farms may cover 50% of electricity needs

Planned new wind energy projects in Latvia would be sufficient to generate electricity for more than half of the country, LSM reports. At the moment, wind energy accounts for just under 3% of Latvia’s electricity production, according to the Ministry of Climate and Energy. Lasma Livzeniece, executive director of the Latvian Wind Energy Association (LVEA), said that 500-800 MW of wind energy capacity could be built in the country in 2026-2027. The biggest issue at the moment was the question of network access, Livzeniece added. Sweden’s Eolus Vind plans to build a 120 MW wind farm in Pienava, while Latvian peat producer Laflora plans to erect a 90 MW wind farm on peat farms in Jelgava municipality.