IN DEPTH: Hope in the Baltics

An Enercon turbine at 4 Energia’s Virtsu wind farm in Estonia

An Enercon turbine at 4 Energia’s Virtsu wind farm in Estonia

There is a consensus that the three Baltic states — Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia — have the potential to become hotbeds of onshore and offshore wind.

Not only are they blessed with strong winds thanks to their coastal location and relatively flat geography, but all three have a strong urge to end their reliance on oil and gas from Russia, their loathed former ruler.

Other factors that make wind power attractive include Estonia’s desire to limit the use of its indigenous, but heavily polluting, oil shale; Lithuania’s recent rejection of new nuclear facilities in a national referendum; and the 2020 renewables targets set by the EU.

Yet despite all this promise, two factors are massively constraining wind Log in to read complete article.

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