A new project of common interest (PCI) will enable the synchronisation of the electricity network throughout the Baltic States with the Continental European Network (CEN).
The ‘Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan in electricity (BEMIP)’ is expected to provide greater security of supply for consumers in the Baltics, whilst also ensuring that the CEN benefits from renewables produced in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Currently, the electricity network of the Baltic States is well connected to other member states of the EU. For instance, existing electricity interconnections are in place between Estonia and Finland (Estlink I and II), Lithuania and Sweden (Nord Balt), and Lithuania and Poland (LitPol Link), of which were all constructed with support of the EU.
Despite this, for historical reasons, the Baltic States’ electricity grid is still operated in a synchronous mode with both Russian and Belarusian systems.
Projects of common interest are key infrastructure projects, with specific interest in cross-border initiatives, which link the energy systems of EU countries.
They are also intended to help the EU achieve its energy policy and climate objectives: affordability, security and the provision of sustainable energy for all citizens, as well as the long-term decarbonisation of the economy, in adherence to the Paris Agreement.