New energy ideas power discussion on development

  • 2009-10-21
  • By Ella Karapetyan
TALLINN - Prime Minister Andrus Ansip on Oct. 14 opened the international energy conference at Tallinn University of Technology called "Baltic Clean and Green Conference," where he stressed the importance of new energy technologies in the creation of sustainable economic growth. In addition to the importance of international cooperation, he also talked about the future of Estonian energy.

Ansip admitted that Estonia, in its national energy policy, has set ambitious goals that support the climate and energy as related to agreements in the European Union. "The Estonian energy management development plans prescribe the increase of the use of renewable energy," he stated and added that this will bring along an increase in the use of wind energy in the immediate future.

The prime minister stated that the well-being of future generations and the sustainability of economic growth both depend on the success of the use of renewable energy and the implementation of new energy technologies. "I believe that new technologies will positively affect the entire economic situation by promoting economic growth, contributing to the establishment of jobs and increasing productivity."
When speaking about the future, Ansip noted that Estonia plans to supplement its energy production with nuclear energy. The prime minister noted that in addition to the participation in the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant project in Lithuania, work has already commenced on determining the possibility of establishing a nuclear power plant in Estonia as well. "The existence of domestic low-carbon energy is of the utmost importance in the future for achieving safe and sustainable development," he said.

The prime minister also talked about the importance of cooperation with other countries in the field of energy, both on the regional and global level. Regarding the energy cooperation between Estonia and the U.S., the head of government mainly pointed out the cooperation in the field of oil shale energy. "When using this natural resource, it is important to develop environment-friendly technologies without compromising energy security," he said.

From the specific fields of international cooperation, the preparations for the extension of the Nordic power exchange Nord-Pool, the establishment of EstLink 2 and NordBalt power cable, the participation of Estonia in the work of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the establishment of the EU-USA Energy Council were also discussed.

The Baltic energy conference was organized in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy.