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The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday approved the procurement of energy batteries worth around 100 million euros after 120 lawmakers voted in favor of the proposed amendments to the Law on Electricity, one was against and five abstained.
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The batteries will be used for ensuring an instance reserve and they will allow balancing wind power plants in the future, meaning that Lithuania will be able to switch on "a higher gear" while increasing power production and expanding wind power production, especially offshore.

Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys says the battery procurement is one of the most important projects for the country's energy independence.

Justinas Urbanavicius, chairman of the parliamentary Commission on Energy and Sustainable Development, believes the 200 MW battery system is a measure of national security.

The project will be funded by the EU and the batteries are expected to be installed in the first half of 2022.

Under the plan, four batteries with a capacity of 50 MW each will be installed in Lithuania over the period of 14 months and they will be used to instantly restore the system and serve as its primary reserve. This function is now performed by power plants operating in the IPS/UPS system.

Epso-G reported last week that the batteries will be installed by a specially established company, Energy Cells. The works will be funded from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.

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