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Baltic States to Implement Common Research Projects Aimed at Modelling Baltic Energy Development

Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian electricity transmission system operators Litgrid, Augstsprieguma Tikls (AST) and Elering have signed a cooperation memorandum on the implementation of common continued research and technological development (RTD) projects at regional level.
Seeking to become the full-fledged members of the European electricity system, the Baltic States not only coordinate their strategic projects aimed at the synchronisation of their systems, but also believe that cooperation in the field of RTD will bring huge benefit. 
„The projects developing Baltic countries’ electricity infrastructure and market are important and they should be analysed and developed as common regional projects in order to use the current infrastructure and the one that is being built more efficiently. Integrating the region into the common power exchange of the Baltic States and Nordic countries, dealing with the challenges of competitive electricity generation and preparations for synchronous operation within the European continental network are issues that concern all three Baltic states, so if we want that our research and studies to succeed, we must unite our efforts and set common targets,” says Litgrid’s CEO Virgilijus Poderys.
Regional electricity market modelling research projects, long-term plans for the development of the electricity transmission grid and dispatcher control are on top of the agenda of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The first common project of the Baltic electricity transmission system operators is the long-term modelling of the electricity market by creating common scenarios for the energy system development. These scenarios could then be used to estimate the optimisation of the countries’ costs by developing the common Baltic energy system and secure reliable supply of electricity.
The common results of the Baltic energy system development modelling be used for updating Europe’s Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) in 2014, which was initiated by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).
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