Latvia: Summary

Updated: 02.03.2017

Author: Ilze Upatniece

Support schemes

In Latvia, heating and cooling from renewable energy sources is promoted through different tax benefits.

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Grid issues

Devices for heat production from renewable energy sources are not given priority connection, and there is no special legislation promoting the connection of RES heating devices to the heat transmission network at the national level. However, heat suppliers and producers shall comply with economic and social law and the legislation on environmental protection and the preservation of cultural heritage. There are regulations at the regional level that establish rules for and promote high energy performance and competition in the heat supply market. In October 2016 the Cabinet of the Ministers approved Requirements for injection of biomethane, as well as liquefied natural gas into the natural gas transmission system. These regulations provide the renewable energy industry with the opportunity to engage in gas supply and sale, using the existing Latvian natural gas pipeline infrastructure as soon as the gas market will be liberalised.

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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
  • Latvijas Siltumuzņēmumu Asociācija (LSUA) – Latvian District Heating Association
  • +371 676 05 706
  • LSUA website
  • lsua(at)lf.lv