24.01.2023 - Green technology

Riga to host Baltics' largest wind energy conference

WindWorks. Moving Energy, the wind energy industry conference, is set to take place in Riga on April 19, 2023. The conference aims to seek solutions for the more widespread and quicker adoption of wind energy in the Baltics. It will gather experts and politicians from Latvia, Estonia, Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark and other European countries.

“It will soon be one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine revealed the importance of energy in the context of global security and how much European countries relied on the aggressor’s resources. During this period, important decisions have also been made in the Baltics, paving the way for energy independence, but the hardest work is yet to come. Harnessing the potential of wind energy requires significant investment, while securing investment requires quality and development-oriented legal frameworks with clear and fair rules along with solutions for electricity and hydrogen exports. At the moment, it is crucial to discuss and build effective partnerships focused on cooperation and strengthening energy security, which will become the basis for the transformed European energy systems,” says Toms Nāburgs, head of the Latvian Wind Energy Association.

The association believes that the Baltic countries have the potential to become a key player in the European energy system. The aim of the conference is therefore to discuss other countries’ experiences, learn from their ‘dos and don’ts’, and to outline the necessary improvements and cooperation models of the offshore wind industry in the Baltic countries. Two pressing issues that the conference will address are legislation on offshore tendering in Latvia and Estonia, as well as the current limitations of transmission systems. 

WindWorks will take place for the third time. The conference is organised by the Latvian Wind Energy Association, the Estonian Wind Power Association and the Danish Embassy in Riga in cooperation with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia.

Source: Press release (labsoflatvia.com). Photo: Shutterstock.

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