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20/01/2012 | News, Newsletter April 2012
The new act of law on supported energy sources adopted in the Czech Republic

The new act on supported energy sources with Senate’s amendments was adopted by Parliament on 31st January 2012.

The Parliament agreed to merge all supported energy sources for electricity and heat production (renewables, secondary energy sources, combined heat and power) into one single act of law proposed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. This time the government tries to prevent the second boom in capacity growth of the single energy technology (the case of photovoltaic in 2010).

The act stipulates the financial support for heat production from renewable and secondary energy sources by installations with an installed capacity of more than 200 kW, including CHP systems. Supported installations deliver heat to district heating networks or for industrial purposes. The financial support (heat bonus paid on a yearly basis) was set at 50 Kč/GJ (2€/GJ) and does not apply to solar systems, heat pumps systems and other that would impair the current average efficiency of district heating networks. Support remains to be financed by all energy consumers.

Basic principles on renewable electricity of the current legislation are: 
  • the financial support for the renewable electricity is set by the Energy Regulatory Office
  • the renewable electricity producers can choose from 2 support systems: selling the electricity at the prices set by the Energy Regulatory Office or the ‘green bonus’ system.

The new Act of law comes into force on January 1st, 2013.
 
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