Bioenergy, Wind Power

Renewable Energy in Czech Republic to Get Windfall

Renewable energy officials in the Czech Republic expect to benefit from changes in the price to be paid for power under the 2002 price schedule announced by the Energy Regulation Office.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, CZ, 2001-09-08 [SolarAccess.com] Renewable energy officials in the Czech Republic expect to benefit from changes in the price to be paid for power under the 2002 price schedule announced by the Energy Regulation Office. The new price list for renewables differentiates between different sources in a country where most power is still generated using fossil fuels. Prices paid for electricity from small hydro stations will increase by 40 percent, while electricity from wind power, biomass and biogas will more than double for each kilowatt-hour. The biggest increase is in the state purchasing price for solar energy, which is expected to quadruple. As a signatory to the European Energy Charter and the Protocol on Energy Efficiency, the Czech Republic is obliged to increase its use of renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels, save energy and improve air quality throughout the continent. The Czech Environment Ministry says purchasing prices are the main instrument for encouraging the use of renewable energy sources and it wants to triple the amount of electricity from water, wind and solar in the next few years. It hopes the production of electricity based on renewable sources should account for 5 percent of total production by 2010.