Lithuania’s electricity consumption up 2 percent in 2014

A total of 72 percent of the electricity consumed in Lithuania last year was imported, with slightly more than half – 52 percent – coming from Latvia, Estonia and Northern European countries, and 48 percent being imported from third countries, Litgrid says.

“More electricity was consumed by both the industrial sector and the household consumers. This suggests that last year was an active and economically favourable one for Lithuania, and that the mood is optimistic. Compared with other European Union countries, our electricity consumption rate remains among the lowest, even though – due to the effective transmission network – there are much more opportunities to exploit electricity for industry and business,” said Daivis Virbickas, chairman of the board and CEO at Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid.

Electricity production in Lithuania decreased for the second year in a row. Lithuania produced 4.05 billion kWh of electricity in 2014, which is 7.8 percent less than in 2013. Lithuanian thermal power plants produced 20 percent less electricity last year, and hydroelectric power plants generated 25 percent less than in 2013. This reduced the portion of electricity produced from renewable sources, which made up 14.6 percent of the total electricity consumed last year. The volume of electricity produced from other renewable sources last year grew by one-fifth.

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