Renewable Energy in the Baltics and the Future of European Energy Security

Renewable Energy in the Baltics and the Future of European Energy Security

Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Heinrich Boell Foundation
1432 K Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

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During the past year the transatlantic community has revisited the subject of Europe’s energy security with renewed urgency. Russian aggression since the Ukraine crisis has again underscored the need for Europe to achieve energy independence by diversifying its energy supply. However, the debate about the new geopolitics of European energy security largely overlooks the potential for investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Eastern Europe -- key components for achieving an energy independent future and a sustainable, clean energy economy.

Therefore, we have invited representatives from renewable energy associations in the Baltics to Washington to discuss efforts underway there to diversify energy supplies away from not only Russian energy sources, but from fossil fuels in general. The region is especially dependent on Russia for its energy (and particularly vulnerable to disruption of supply), yet also uniquely situated for increasing its renewable energy capacities and becoming a model in this regard for other EU Member States.

What are the drivers and obstacles for investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Baltics? What role do the EU's energy and climate policies play? How can transatlantic cooperation support this important aspect of Europe's energy security?

Join us for a discussion with:

Rene Tammist, Director of the Estonian Renewable Energy Association

Martynas Nagevičius, President of the Lithuanian Renewable Energy Confederation

Edgars Vīgants, Board Member of the Latvian Renewable Energy Federation

The discussion will be moderated by Klaus Linsenmeier, Executive Director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America.

A light lunch will be served from 12:00, with remarks beginning at 12:30, followed by Q&A.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network is a project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation committed to strengthening dialogue between Americans and Europeans to advance a sustainable clean energy economy on both sides of the Atlantic. This project is funded by a grant from the European Union.