Lithuania: Summary

Updated: 01.10.2017

Author: Jurga Tallat-Kelpšaitė

Support schemes

In Lithuania, renewable energy sources for heating and cooling purposes are exempt from environmental pollution tax and are eligible for loans and subsidies from the Lithuanian Environmental Investment Fund (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 demand for heat by the 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).

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Grid issues

Heating devices using renewable energy sources are not given priority connection. RES heating devices of independent heat producers are connected to the heat transmission network according to conditions set by the heat supplier. The heat supplier will, according to non-discriminatory principles, select the connection point for a RES heat generation device of an independent heat producer. The heat supplier shall purchase all RES heat produced by devices connected to the heating network that is cheaper than the heat produced by the heat supplier himself and which satisfies environmental and quality requirements as well as standards for the security of supply, unless the supply of RES heat by independent heat producers exceeds the consumers’ heat demand. In addition, natural gas system operators are obliged to accept biogas into the natural gas supply systems. The biogas plant must be connected if biogas producer complies with the technical, quality and other legal requirements. 

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Policies

Currently, there are only a few legal provisions on the training programmes for installers, the certification of RES installations, the exemplary role of public authorities and an RES-H building obligation promoting the development, installation and the use of RES installations. 

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Lithuania

Further information

  • Lietuvos šilumos tiekėjų asociacija (LŠTA) – Lithuanian District Heating Association (LDHA)
  • +370 5 266 7025
  • LDHA website
  • info(at)lsta.lt