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Published: 9/16/2015. Updated: 9/16/2015

Review of the Electricity sector in 2013


Market participants

In 2013, 1655 players were operating in the electricity market of Lithuania: 1547 of them were producers of electricity from renewable energy resources, 29 producers using fossil fuel for electricity production, 1 entity operating the transmission network by the proprietary right, 6 entities operating the distribution networks, 5 entities performing the public supply function.  Moreover, in 2013 there were 67 independent suppliers operating in the electricity market, which held the issued licenses/permits, and 25 of them were active.

Since 2012, the activity of the independent electricity supply is regulated by the permits which are issued by the NCC (before that – by the licenses).  

Quantities

In 2013 the electricity consumption in Lithuania equaled 12.06 TWh. Lithuania imports the major part of the consumed electricity – in 2013 the imported electricity quantity was 7.61 TWh.

Figure 1. Electricity balance in the country in 2008-2013, TWh

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Source – NCC. 

Lithuania produces 36 percent of the demanded electricity quantity – in 2013 the quantity of produced electricity equaled 4.4 TWh (where 34 percent – the electricity quantity produced in the power plants using the renewable energy resources (RES), 54 percent – produced from fossil fuel, 12 percent – the electricity quantity produced in Kruonis Hydro Pumped Storage Power Plant).  

Figure 2. Balance of electricity production in 2008-2013, TWh

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 Source – NCC. 

The biggest part of the electricity produced and imported in Lithuania is consumed by industrial customers, and approx. 30 percent of the consumed electricity is assigned to household customers.

Revenues

The revenues earned by the transmission system operator Litgrid AB from the transmission system operation were as high as LTL 227.2 million. In 2013, the operating income of the distribution network operator AB LESTO, which holds the biggest share of the distribution market, equaled LTL 738.6 million, the revenues earned from the public supply activity – LTL 15.0 million.

​Investments

In 2013, the investments in the infrastructure of the electricity transmission and distribution networks totaled LTL 516.8 million: LTL 207.9 million were the investments in the transmission network, LTL 308,9 million – in the distribution network.