Will Estonian government remain committed to renewable energy?

Representatives of The Estonian Wind Energy Association met recenlty with the Estonian Prime Minister and other ministers to discuss ways to achieve the target set for 2030 according to which half of Estonian energy use should come from renewable sources.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, who will soon leave the office, in order to meet the renewable energy target set for 2030, it is vital to invest in various renewable energy sources.

“Undoubtedly, wind power also plays a very important role here. In order to achieve the goal, the state and companies must cooperate constructively to make new investments in wind power, ”said the Prime Minister.

Ratas added that the development of wind power needs to be balanced by different interests – residents, entrepreneurs, municipalities, national defence and others.

“For the final consumer, the most important is a reasonable energy price and a cleaner environment, but equally important is national security, the reduction of the negative environmental impacts of developments, and many other aspects. There are complex but important choices to be made by the next government. Workable solutions can only be born in cooperation between different parties, based on the desire to meet the set renewable energy targets, ”the Prime Minister noted.

Estonians went to polling stations on Sunday, 3 March. The ruling Center Party lost and Pro-EU opposition centre-right Reform party won. The new Prime Minister of Estonia will likely be Reform leader Ms Kaja Kallas, a 41-year-old lawyer and former MEP specialised in digital issues, took over as Reform leader less than a year ago. The party’s founders include her father, Siim Kallas, a former Estonian prime minister and EU commissioner.

As with every elections, there was a tinge of fear that Estonian Energy Development Plan (ENMAK), approved on 20.10.2017, might be derailed or at least slowed. It seems that no such thing will happen. Although Center Party and Reform are separated by many issues, they share the same approach to energy issues and it looks like the Estonian Energy Development Plan will not suffer any changes, inlacing the development of renewable energy sources. At this point it is even possible that both parties will for a coalition to get the majority of the seats in the Parliament.

Estonian Energy Development Plan (ENMAK) includes the following statement: ‘The share of electricity generated from renewable sources could be increased to 50% of final electricity consumption in Estonia, subject to successful implementation of the flexible cooperation mechanisms with other EU Member States. Most of the electricity generated from renewable sources is derived from biomass and wind energy.’

While biomass remains Estonian biggest source of renewable energy, wind projects development has been on the rise in recent years. Wind energy can become the largest RE source in the country with up to 309,96 MW per annum of potential generation.

WINDMission Estonia, a conference organised by The Voice of Renewables will take place in Tallinn on May 30/31 with all major players in Estonian renewable energy sector in attendance.

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