SPRK to check whether Augstsprieguma tīkls imports Belarusian electricity from Russia – Baltic News Network

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The Public Services Commission (SPRK) will check again whether the transmission system operator AS Augstsprieguma tīkls Belarus does not import electricity from Russia, as SPRK board member Gatis Sbele reported.

SPRK received a request for North Pool. In it, the exchange asks SPRK and the Lithuanian National Energy Council to check whether the Latvian transmission system operator Augstsprieguma tīkls and Lithuanian transport network operator Litgrid AB did not infringe Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 1227/2011 on the integrity and transparency of wholesale markets energy (REMIT). Article 5 stipulates that any involvement in market manipulation is strictly prohibited.

North Pool submitted this request following a request from Litgrid AB. The request details the opinion of Litgrid AB on the inappropriate transmission of electricity in electricity exchanges with Russia. According to information from LETA, Litgrid AB estimates that Latvia transmits more electricity from Russia than it consumes. Lithuania accuses Latvia of importing electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant and putting it into the transmission grid.

According to REMIT, North survey has a duty to report information on any manipulation of the electricity market to national regulators.

North Pool does not conduct inquiries and does not make any decisions about it. The reason is that it is the duty of the national regulator.

SPRK has started investigating this case to verify whether any of the Baltic transmission grid operators may have committed actions that justify a case of violation, bele said.

SPRK recalls that Latvian and Estonian regulators last year approved the method jointly submitted by three Baltic states on trade with Russia. The approved method provides for a special condition for restricting trade in order to meet the requirement of the Lithuanian legislative act which prohibits imports of electricity from Belarus, but still retains the possibility for the Baltic States to import electricity. electricity from Russia.

On top of that, Augstsprieguma tīkls ensures that Russia, which has a power line connection with Belarus, submits proof that the electricity sold to Latvia is produced in Russia.

Until the power systems of the Baltic states have been synchronized with the power systems of continental Europe, it is necessary to ensure stable conditions acceptable to all parties, continuing the exchange of electricity with Russia as a as one of the members of the existing synchronized zone. At the same time, it is forbidden to sell electricity produced in Belarus to the Baltic states, bele explains.

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