Estonia: Summary

Updated: 17.01.2019

Author: Lilian Pungas

Support schemes

In Estonia, RES-H&C is supported through various investment subsidies. The distribution of the support is round-based and is allocated based on applications and available funds. 

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Grid issues

In Estonia, local authorities determine the conditions and procedure for the connection of heating plants to the grid. Furthermore, local authorities also determine the grid development obligation. When new heating production capacities are necessary, the grid operator is obligated to launch a public call for heat producers in order to determine the best offer. Priority is not given to the heat produced from RES sources. However, when possible, preference should be given to heat produced from RES and CHP plants. The grid operator concludes contracts with heat producers for a period of maximum 12 years.   

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In 2017, the “National Development Plan of the Energy Sector until 2030” (NDPES 2030) was adopted and published, determining various national objectives regarding the legislation and policies to promote the renewable energy sources in electricity, heating and transport sector. However, the specific proceedings in regard to the implementation of further RES support schemes in all respective sectors are yet to be decided.

The development of specific regulatory measures concerning renewable energies is ongoing. New draft amendments regarding the development and increase of RES (in regard to the “NDPES 2030”) in the heating and transport sector are expected in 2019. 

Certification system for RES installers has been put into place. However, where no nationwide regulation exists, incentives are created on the local level through available investment supports and loans.  

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Further information

  • Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium (MKM) – Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Siim Meeliste
  • +372 625 63 42
  • MKM website
  • info(at)
  • Keskkonnainvesteeringute Keskus (KIK) – Environmental Investment Centre
  • + 372 627 4125
  • KIK website