On February 13 in the Latvian ministry of the environment, the research paper „Evaluation of the opportunities to use renewable resources in Latvia till 2020" was presented and discussed.
Professor Blumberga emphasized, that it is a time of opportunities for effective use of power and renewable power resources. The power managers must change and consider the use of alternative power resources. And all of us must consider our every day habits to decrease the use of power in Latvia.
Research is connected with EU Climate and Power Package aim – till 2020 the renewable power resources must be 40 percent from power used in the state. The aim of the research was to find out if this aim can be achieved. The answer is positive. But this means that we have to switch from importing power to using local renewable power resources. One of the most important renewable power resources which could supplant the fossil fule could be biomass.
It is highly important for Latvia to achieve the EU Climate and Power Package aim in order to provide better use of local resources, increase the power independence and implement modern technologies. At the beginning we have to decrease the consumption of power, and only then the increase in power production can be achieved.
Mr Cilinskis informed that the ministry of the Economics has planned to give 16,6 million lats support for apartment houses, and the ministry of the Environment plans to provide support in power efficiency for municipal buildings.
There were eight reviews on the research, three reviewers participated in the discussions. It showed that there is still confict situation between fossil power managers and alternative power managers, although the best for the society would be the cooperation. The proposal about creating association of alternative resources power producers was stated.
Head of the Climate and renewable power resources department Mr Bisters expressed his gratitude to researchers and suggested to continue the work by drafting the suggestions for transportation sector and implementation of microgeneration.Quelle: Ministry of the Environment, Latvia