Country Profile: Latvia

Status: August 2010

Riia_majad.jpgThe largest final energy consumer in Latvia is the residential sector, comprising 36 per cent of total final energy consumption. Contemporary electricity consumption is actively increasing due to development of the industrial sector and – primarily - because of income growth and the purchase and operation of consumer goods. Renewable energy sources have a substantial share of total primary energy sources due to the wide use of heating wood in households and the large share of hydropower in electricity generation. The main priorities in energy policy for the coming years are to ensure security of supply in the country and to increase self sufficiency and facilitate diversity of supplies as well as to reduce dependency on energy imports [link 1].

The Construction, Energy and Housing State Agency deals with housing issues in the country. Energy efficiency promotion in the residential dwelling sector is one of the agency’s tasks. During the last 4 years, the Construction, Energy and Housing State Agency has been managing different promotional and educational activities and supporting building energy audits. Latvenergo is the pubic liability company responsible for electricity supply and maintenance in Latvia. Each year Latvenergo organizes competitions for school students on the theme of electricity [link 3].