Bring Baltic's
wind together

Energy production needs a new approach, both for environmental and security reasons. Offshore wind energy is an environmentally and human-friendly way to produce green, affordable energy and to increase energy independence.


ELWIND is a joint Estonian-Latvian state-run cross-border offshore wind project aiming to raise energy independence in the region by increasing production of green energy and improving interstate electricity connectivity.


ELWIND is a joint offshore wind project between two Baltic neighbours ̶ Estonia and Latvia. With this cross-border project, the states are aiming to raise cooperation in energy field into new heights by taking an important step towards increasing energy and climate neutrality and energy security in the region.


There is a huge potential in the Baltic Sea to harvest kinetic energy of the wind and turn it into electricity we can use to power our homes and industries. Estonia and Latvia have many offshore areas where this potential could be realized in near future and ELWIND is one project that is aiming to contribute into achieving this goal.

Energy independence

Today, the electricity consumption in Estonia and Latvia exceeds the production volumes and consumption peaks are covered by imported electricity. Many high-volume electricity power plants run on nonefficient and outdated technologies. Both states need to invest into local competitive and renewable electricity production units to increase energy security in the region and gain energy independence in a sustainable way.

Green energy

Amongst other European Union countries, Estonia and Latvia have also set ambitious targets on the way of becoming first net zero greenhouse gas emission continent. Redesigning energy sector is one of the backbones of reaching this goal and ELWIND project aims to be one of the pioneers in large scale cross-border projects contributing into achieving common climate targets.

Interstate electricity connectivity

Working electricity transmission system is a basis for common electricity market. Interstate electricity transmission lines make it possible to easily transfer electricity from one country to another driven by actual consumption. Having enough regional competitive renewable electricity production and sufficient electricity interconnectors, the shortage of production in one state can easily be covered by production in neighbouring state and the price level to end consumer will not be affected much.

ELWIND project timeline

MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) 2020

Technical assistance 2021

Prefeasibility study 2021

C-B RES list nomination 2022

Final area decisions 2022

CEF RES application 2023

EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) 2023-2026

Auction 2027

Project construction 2029+

Commissioning 2030+

2020 - MoU (Memorandum of Understanding)

Projekti elluviimist alustati 2020. aasta septembris, mil allkirjastati Eesti-Läti majandusministeeriumite vahel vastastikuse mõistmise memorandum (edaspidi MoU). Projekt loob tiheda sideme Läti ja Eesti vahel, tugevdades tehnoloogilist, energeetilist ja majandusliku koostööd.

Consideration phase
  • Studies for offshore wind connection in on-shore
  • Assessments of various scenarios for offshore wind connection
  • EIA studies
  • Other technical and socio-economic studies
Planning and permitting phase
  • Technical requirements for ELWIND connection
  • Proposal for investments
  • Investment decision
  • Technical design
  • Tendering
Construction phase
  • Constructiion timeline
  • Commissioning
  • Testing
  • Operation

Impacts and gains

ELWIND project is expected to increase energy security, make electricity prices more affordable, and provide domestic green energy. It will also boost competitiveness through opening up new sectoral development.