Latvia: Summary

Updated: 02.03.2017

Author: Ilze Upatniece

Support schemes

In the Republic of Latvia, renewable electricity generation is stimulated through a complex support system based on a feed-in tariff, which is on hold until 01.01.2020. According to Latvian Government, new RES-E support scheme should be elaborated until end of 2018. On 1 January 2014 net-metering was introduced. 

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Grid issues

In Latvia, access of renewable energy plants to the grid is subject to the general legislation on energy. Electricity from renewable sources is not given priority. Thus, all plant operators are entitled against the grid operator to the connection of their plants to the grid and to the transmission of electricity according to the principle of non-discrimination. In pursuance of the general legislation, the grid operator is obligated to expand the grid. The liberalisation of Latvian electricity market is postponed until January 2015. 

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Policies

There are two policies promoting the development, installation and use of RES installations: the certification scheme for RES system installers and an obligation to consider usage of renewable heating and cooling systems in new and renovated buildings.

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Further information

  • Sabiedrisko pakalpojumu regulēšanas komisija (SPRK) – Public Utilities Commission (PUC), regulatory authority
  • +371 670 97 200
  • SPRK website
  • sprk(at)sprk.gov.lv
  • Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija (VARAM) – Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
  • +371 67026533
  • VARAM website
  • pasts(at)varam.gov.lv