Law on Heat Sector

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Last updated: 4 November 2013

The Law on Heat Sector was adopted in 2003 and amended twice in 2007 and 2009. The Law regulates management of the heat sector in Lithuania, the activities of the heat sector entities, their relations with heat consumers, interrelations and responsibilities.

The objectives of the Law are to:

  • ensure reliable and high quality supply of heat to heat consumers at minimum costs;
  • defend the rights and legitimate interests of heat consumers;
  • increase efficiency of the heat production, transmission and usage;
  • increase usage of renewable energy sources in heat production (especially by biomass usage);
  • reduce negative impact of the heat sector on the environment;

The Law on Heat promotes cogeneration of heat and electricity and generation of heat from various renewable energy sources. Authorities of national and local levels are obliged to promote, support and implement these technologies.