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On consumption of renewable energy resources in 2010

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, in 2010 there was a rapid growth in the share of renewable energy in the total energy balance.

In 2010 the volume of the produced renewable energy (biomass, hydropower, wind power, biogas, biofuel) increased by 2.3%, as compared to the previous year and comprised 48.47%. Several new biogas power plants and biogas cogeneration power plants launched their operation, and in 2010 the volume of electricity produced from biogas increased by 30% as compared to 2009, whereas the volume of electricity produced in hydro electricity power plants – by 2%.

Production of electricity from seperate types of renewable energy, Gigawatt hours

Renewable energy sources take an important place in the Latvian energy balance. The main types of renewable energy in Latvia are biomass (wood) and hydro resources, less than that – wind power, biogas, straw and other kinds of biomass.

Share of renewable energy in the final consumption of energy resources in 2010

The share of renewable energy in the final consumption of energy resources in Latvia in 2010 was 31.7%.

In 2010 in the transformation sector* 16.3% of the total fuel were different types of renewable fuel (wood, straw, other biomass, biogas, biodiesel fuel). In percentage it corresponds to the last year’s level, though in natural expression the volume of renewable energy in cogeneration stations has increased by 9%.

Share of renewable energy in the transformation sector in 2009 and 2010

*Volume of energy resources for production of electricity and production of heat energy for sale.

In 2010 there was an increase in the consumption of renewable energy (biofuel) in the transport sector due to implementation of Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. Each Member State must ensure that the share of energy from renewable sources for all transport in 2020 is at least 10% (in 2008 in Latvia it reached – 0.9%, in 2009 – 1.4%, in 2010 – 1.9%) of the final consumption of energy for transport.

Electric power in hydro electricity power plants, wind and other electricity power plants and cogeneration stations, using renewable energy sources








Electric power (MW)


1 487

1 508

1 515

1 572

1 622

Hydro electricity power plants

1 487

1 507

1 513

1 536

1 576

Wind power plants






Biomass* power plants






Biogas power plants






*Biomass – wood, wood wastes, wood briquettes, pelleted wood, biodiesel fuel, straw, grain, dung, peat, maize, etc.

Since 2000 there has been an increase of 15 times in the volume of power of the equipment using renewable energy sources, especially for wind power plants. Since 2005 there has also been an increase in the electrical power of biomass and biogas plants – by 133% and 29% respectively.

Share of separate renewable energy sources in the total consumption of renewable energy sources in 2010, %

Share of separate renewable energy sources in the consumption of the household sector in Latvia in 2010




Renewable energy sources, total



of which:




fire wood




wood briquettes




wood wastes




pelleted wood








Prepared by Environment and Energy Statistics Section
Jana Poperečņuka
Tel. 67366957

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