Lithuania: Overall summary

Updated: 01.10.2017

Author: Jurga Tallat-Kelpšaitė

In Lithuania, electricity from renewable sources is mainly promoted through a sliding feed-in premium. RES plants with the installed capacity exceeding 10 kW acquire the guaranteed tariff rate through tenders. Furthermore, the producers of renewable electricity may apply for subsidies and loans from the Lithuanian Environmental Investment Fund (LEIF) under the Climate Change Special Programme and are exempt from excise duty. For solar, wind and biomass power installations, net-metering is in place.

Renewable energy sources for heating and cooling purposes are exempt from environmental pollution tax and are eligible for loans and subsidies from the LEIF under the Climate Change Special Programme. Moreover, heat suppliers are obliged to purchase all heat produced from renewable energy sources (priority purchase), unless renewable heat exceeds the heat demand of heat consumers. Finally, biogas that is injected into the natural gas system is eligible for feed-in tariffs set by the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices (NCC).

Transport sector is promoted through reimbursement of raw materials for biofuel production, obligation to sell petrol and diesel blended with biofuels (quota obligation), an exemption from excise tax and environmental pollution tax.

The operators of renewable energy plants are entitled to priority connection to the grid. The transmission and distribution of electricity from renewable energy sources shall be given the priority. Heating devices using renewable energy sources are connected according to non-discriminatory principles. Currently, there are only a few legal provisions on policies aiming at promoting the development, installation and use of RES installations.

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Further information

  • Lietuvos šilumos tiekėjų asociacija (LŠTA) – Lithuanian District Heating Association (LDHA)
  • +370 5 266 7025
  • LDHA website
  • info(at)lsta.lt
  • Nacionalinė mokėjimo agentūra prie Žemės ūkio ministerijos – National Paying Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture
  • +370 5 252 6999
  • website
  • info(at)nma.lt
  • Valstybinė mokesčių inspekcija prie Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerijos - State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
  • +370 5 266 8200
  • State Tax Inspectorate website
  • vmi(at)vmi.lt