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Title: LATVIA ALSO INTERESTED IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS

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08RIGA6292008-10-15 09:44:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Riga
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5309
INFO RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 1004
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TAGS: ENRG EFIN ETRD LG
SUBJECT: LATVIA ALSO INTERESTED IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS 
 
REF: COPENHAGEN 00538 
 
¶1. Latvia would be an enthusiastic partner if presented the 
opportunity to participate in collaborative efforts to develop 
alternative energy.  Reftel urges "consideration be given to 
involving the Baltic states in some way."  Post strongly concurs 
with this recommendation and encourages future planning of regional 
renewable energy partnerships to actively explore the role Latvia 
could play. 
 
¶2. GOL has independently taken steps to develop a renewable energy 
partnership with USG.  Latvian officials have visited the National 
Renewable Energy Laboratory and are eager to sign a memorandum of 
understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy on developing 
biomass technology.  Officials from the state forestry company see 
underutilized Latvian forest resources as having great potential for 
developing biomass energy.  Private enterprise in Latvia has also 
been vocal in seeking Embassy assistance to connect Latvian and U.S. 
expertise in biomass energy generation.  Furthermore, GOL is 
actively developing wind energy capacity in Western Latvia. 
Collaborative work on alternative energy research would help achieve 
both GOL and USG goals in the region. 
 
LARSON