You are cordially invited to the next EBN Breakfast event under the auspices of Belgium.
The event will take place on Thursday, 16th of March at 08:30, at the offices of Flanders Investment & Trade, Gedimino pr. 20, Vilnius (doors open at 08:00).
Renewable Energy – potential for Offshore Wind
Lithuania has been making progress in adopting renewable energy sources in recent years. The Lithuanian government plans to announce the opening of the tender for the construction of the country’s first offshore wind farm at the end of March. Preparations are now underway to announce the tender for the development of a 700 MW, subsidy-free offshore wind farm in the Lithuanian part of the Baltic Sea. The wind farm will be located nearly 36 kilometers from the shore and is expected to be operational in 2028. The energy generated will provide up to a quarter of Lithuania’s total electricity demand. During this session we will hear from both the government and industry with regards to the short and long terms objectives regarding Lithuania’s transition towards renewable energy.
The speakers are:
The vice-Minister of Energy of Lithuania
Ms. Daiva Garbaliauskaitė joined the political team of Lithuania’s Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivis as Deputy Minister in 2021 where she is responsible for the development of renewable energy. She has over a decade of experience in the energy sector, having worked for the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator LITGRID and the country’s largest provider of heating and hot water, Vilniaus šilumos tinklai. She was also a member of the Board of the Baltpool International Biomass Exchange and a member of the Legal and Regulatory Group of the European Electricity Transmission System Operators ENTSO-E, where new European legislative initiatives in the field of energy are mainly examined.
Paulius Zapolskis is Partner at TGS Baltic with over 15 years of legal work experience. Paulius specialises in energy, commercial contracting, international commercial arbitration and other related areas. Paulius has an LL.M from Ghent University, Belgium, in European and comparative law, also has defended his doctoral thesis in the area of contract law. Paulius has been on a traineeship in various Western academic and other institutions, including an academic traineeship in the University of Lucerne (Switzerland) and a traineeship in the European Commission (Brussels). Paulius advises companies in public and private sectors on commercial law, public law issues also represents the companies in negotiations and international commercial arbitration. Paulius provides legal consultations on issues related to oil and gas (including LNG) sectors, long-term supply contracts, project development regulatory matters, also advises developers of renewable energy resources projects and renewable energy producers.
Thierry Aelens is the CEO of Ignitis renewables, the Green Generation division of Ignitis group which he joined beginning of 2022 to implement the green transition strategy. Prior to joining Ignitis, Thierry has been already active more than 25 years in the Energy Business starting in Oil & Gas in Africa with the Maersk Group , then transitioning to Renewable energy in 2006 with the turbine manufacturer Repower Systems, then 8 years in RWE renewables as Director of Offshore engineering and construction and then some years in consulting supporting companies like chantiers de l’Atlantique , Elicio, Eneco and Norther in realizing their entry and project construction in the field of offshore wind. One of the main focus of Thierry’s career was the emergence of Offshore wind in Belgium, Germany, UK , the Netherlands and France where he has been directly involved in more than 5 GW of currently operating capacity.