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Elering, AST and Litgrid, the electricity system operators of the Baltic States, reduced the transmission capacity for electricity import from Russia to 300 megawatts as a risk mitigation measure.

The objective of the change is to ensure the security of supply of the electricity system of the Baltic States even if the Baltic States were to be extraordinarily desynchronised from the electricity network of Russia and Belarus.

After the change, Russia will be able to sell electricity to the Latvian pricing area of the electricity exchange from its main territory with a capacity of up to 150 megawatts and from Kaliningrad to the Lithuanian pricing area with an equal capacity of up to 150 megawatts. Russia will continue to be unable to directly sell electricity to Estonia.

Russia has mostly sold electricity at a capacity between 300-600 megawatts to Latvian and Lithuanian pricing areas depending on the hour and the day. Therefore, the maximum potential transmission of electricity from Russia will decrease nearly two times.

The electricity consumption of the Baltic States is between 3,000-4,000 megawatts, depending on the hour. As the proportion of Russian electricity will be lower than 10 percent after the change, its impact on shaping the price of electricity on the electricity exchange cannot be excluded.